Several New Times employees opened their email this morning and saw the accompanying ghastly picture that detailed the plight of an Indian widow whose son, Ramesh, has leukemia.
The author, who calls herself Nadeem Mohammed, claims to have no money and begs for donatons to help cure her ailing son. The odds of a woman who claims her only income is from bread she sells on the street having a) access to email and b) the savvy to set up a Website and paypal account so “the good people of the world” can help her son…“before it is too late” are slim to none. According to bloggers this poster is a known scammer and the pictures are of a real Indian child taken from here. The child purportedly died in 2004.
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The email read as follows:
It is so difficult to see my child suffer of the pain he is going trough. I wish I could take his pain away from him, but unfortunately that is impossible. My child Ramesh is suffering from leukemia, a terminal illness which is very difficult to cure, especially for me. I can't afford to pay my son his medications to get cured. I am a widow, I lost my husband several years ago, that means that we are financially unstable. We don't have any income. Sometimes I try to sell bread on the street to earn money to put food on our table. This money is not enough to help my son. This is why I have decided to reach out for help to goodhearted people around the world. Trough e-mail. This is my last hope. My son is in desperate need of help. And if I am not on time to help him, he might leave me behind. If you are reading this, and want to help, please do. You CAN help, and donate any amount to us, even if it is 1 cent, because no amount is to small to bring my child a step closer to health. Don't hesitate. Ramesh, my child needs financial support to buy his medications, so he will get cured, before it is to late.
You can see more details about the illness leukemia and my son Ramesh on this webpage: http://www.aimpages.com/rameshnmohammed/profile.html If you are willing to help, to donate any amount, then you can send me an e-mail on email@example.com