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    In case any of you were travelling--especially in the U.S. ...
    Subject: Please Look at picture and forward

    Please pass this to everyone in your address book.

    To All:
    We have a store manager (Wal-Mart) from Longs,SC who has a ! 9 year old daughter that has been missing for 2 weeks. Keep the picture moving on. With luck 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. My 9 year old girl,
    Penny Brown, is missing. She has been missing for now two weeks.
    It is still not too late. Please help us. If anyone anywhere
    knows anything, please contact me at: zicozicozico@hotmail.com

    I am including a picture of her. All prayers are appreciated!!
    It only takes 2 seconds to forward this on. If it was your child,
    you would want all the help you could get.


    Thank you for your kindness. Hopefully you can help us.




    This is for a friend. -FH

    [ May 01, 2002 at 12:22 PM: Message edited by: FanHalen ]</p>
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    I'm trying to fix the image link.
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    FanHalen, it's really sweet of you to post this to help someone out, especially when it's concerning a missing child, but...

    It's a hoax. You can verify these emails by going to Urban Legends

    Here's the Urban Legends/Snopes response: Penny Brown

    "Claim: Your help is needed to find Penny Brown, a nine-year-old girl who has gone missing.
    Status: False.

    Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2001]

    Origins: This plea to aid in the hunt for a missing child began circulating on the Internet in mid-September 2001. There's no reason to place any reliance upon it -- none of the many missing children sites list a Penny Brown among the many youngsters they are looking for, and a search of news archives in the U.S.A. and Canada turns up no news reports about a missing child of this name.

    The e-mail itself provides few clues on which to base a search. Not even the city or country the child went missing from is mentioned, and other than the pointless "has been missing for now two weeks," no date is given for the disappearance. ("For now two weeks" statements are entirely useless in a medium wherein undated text is circulated -- the "two weeks" ago of an e-mail can and often has referred to events years in the past.) Mail to zicozicozico@hotmail.com bounces.

    Credible missing child reports tend to supply details of when and where the child was last seen, a description of the clothes worn, and phone numbers of folks to contact with sightings. This e-mail lacks all of that -- not even the parents' names are given.

    (We don't know the identity of the girl in the accompanying picture, but the photo definitely isn't one of a young Melissa Gilbert of Little House on the Prarie TV fame.)

    One version of the widely-circulated e-mail makes it appear the plea is coming from Monzine Jang, a woman who works for a physician at the University of Calgary. A call to the number provided in the e-mail fetches the following automated voice message:

    Another version claims the frantic mother is Helen Bessenyei, a woman who lives in Australia. Helen has three grown sons, but no daughter, and certainly not a missing nine-year-old named Penny Brown. This hoax has left her answering up to 150 e-mails a day and fielding hundreds of phone calls.

    Yet another version purports to have come from a woman named Kimberly Leon. A further version says the child went missing in Austin, Texas. And still another version claims the child was lost in Ottawa, Ontario. Winning the "farthest away" category is a version that claims the child went missing in Singapore.

    A further iteration -- this one translated into French -- is "signed" by Carol Toteda of Montreal. Another version that was translated into French is "signed" by Anne-Claire Kubala, who gives an address that places her in Paris.

    Also placing the tale in Canada is a version "signed" by Annie Lachance that asserts the missing Penny is the child of one of the store managers from Metro-Richelieu (a large grocery store).

    Another form of it that begins "We have a store manager from Longs Drugs in Southern California, whose 9 year old daughter has been missing for 2 weeks" is signed "Peggy."

    Closely related to the previous is a version that says "We have a store manager from Longs, S C who has a 9 year old daughter that has been missing for 2 weeks." It too has been signed by "Peggy."

    In yet another twist, the e-mail appears signed by one "Penny Hill MS 59, Sunnyvale - AMD."

    Those who are still somewhat convinced this e-mailed alert might be true should take a look at the text of the "missing kid" alert quoted in the Example section of our page about Christopher Mineo. In particular, note that the "It only takes 2 seconds to forward this on, if it was your child, you would want all the help you could get" line that's common to both."


    [ May 01, 2002 at 01:07 PM: Message edited by: LA ]</p>
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    Thanks, LA! I found out a little too late! If any mods care to close this or delete it-go ahead!
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    sweet! university of calgary! i'm a student there!
    okay, now you can close this...

 

 

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