Look @ Her Picture! Then Ignore
A friend from Hawaii forwarded a message to me requesting that I send it to everybody in my address list. It’s about soliciting help for finding a missing girl. Here’s what the e-mail says:
Amber Alert ~ LOOK @ her PICTURE!! THEN Please Forward
Staff Sergeant Rick Williams
Rolla Police Department
1007 N. Elm St.
Rolla , MO 65401
Fax (573) 364-6346
Please look at the picture, read what her mother says, then forward this message on..
My 13 year old girl, Ashley Flores, is missing…
She has been missing for two weeks now.
Maybe if everyone passes this on, someone will see this child.
That is how the girl from Stevens Point was found, by circulation of her picture on TV…. The Internet circulates even overseas, South America , and Canada etc.
Please pass this to everyone in your address book.
With GOD on her side, she will be found.
I am asking you all, begging you to please forward this email on to anyone and everyone you know, PLEASE.
It is still not too late. Please help us. If anyone knows anything, please contact me at:
I am including a picture of her.
All prayers are appreciated!!
It only takes 2 seconds to forward this…
If it was your child, you would want all the help you could get!!
Who doesn’t have a soft heart for a missing child like Ashley Flores?
Unfortunately, I have a policy of not forwarding messages. It’s not that I don’t trust the sender. It’s just that I don’t like the idea of having my e-mail id and those in my address list get appended to a message that goes around the internet like a rolling stone, its final destination unknown. It runs the risk that the message will ultimately falls into the hands of folks who will find creative ways to harvest the e-mail ids and use them on unscrupulous activities, such as spreading spams.
Rather than acceding to her request, I thought of featuring Ashley in my blog. But first, I needed to fill some gaps in her story. The message doesn’t mention the date she went missing and the place she was last seen. In addition, it doesn’t say whether she was abducted or just ran away. When I searched the internet for answers, I didn’t get the results that I expected.
i learned that Ashley Flores does exist but she has never been missing. The message is a hoax. It was concocted as a joke by one of her friends using an older hoax message as a template. Launched in 2006, it has circulated around the world morphing into several versions.
I wrote my friend back and told her the story. Like the rest of well-meaning recipients who forwarded this hoax, she’s heartbroken for being taken for a ride. She learns fast, though. When another missing person message comes along, I’m certain what she’s going to do. Whether it’s the real thing or a hoax, it won’t matter. It’ll be deleted as fast as it arrives in her mailbox.