WhatsApp Donation Hoaxes or Fake-News

WhatsApp does not make charitable donations for sharing photos, messages, audio, or posts. Therefore, WhatsApp users should not share posts with instructions to share a photo or message to help raise money for someone in need. Below are samples of WhatsApp hoaxes or fake-news that are currently circulated on the social media messaging platform.

WhatsApp Donation Hoaxes or Fake-News

Samples of WhatsApp Donation Sharing Hoaxes or Fake-News

WhatsApp Donation Sharing Hoax

This young girl has a clot in her brain. The operation costs 30 lakhs. Her parents cannot bear that burden. WhatsApp says if this photo is shared she will be given one rupee per share by WhatsApp. I request you to share with as many as you can. Please help her. MAY GOD BLESS HER. PROFESSOR RVRAO. JNTU

Mother and Baby

The baby is born blind and $200,000 is needed for her treatment so she can see again. You don't have to donate a penny but Wasapp is raising the fund each time the picture is ared. Please share.

Blind Baby with Mother

The hoax will not harm your mobile device or computer but will cause millions of WhatsApp users to be flooded with posts or messages with misinformation from their friends, who think they are doing the charitable thing of helping to raise money for someone in need.

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September 28, 2018 at 12:35 AM by
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an anonymous user from: London, England, United Kingdom

I cannot believe they would lie about that; that is just disgusting. Why would people do this?


January 6, 2018 at 9:04 PM by
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an anonymous user from: Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India

Why this type of hoax message created I mean they have the money for creating this type of hoax message from someone what is the profit by creating this type of WhatsApp donation message or pics plzz reply


May 20, 2018 at 9:56 PM by
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an anonymous user from: Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

No,I hope they just do it for fun...😫


April 22, 2018 at 12:53 AM by
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an anonymous user from: Columbus, Ohio, United States

They can collect lots of information thru a server that passes the message thru. Especially the valid contact numbers. Then they can sell those numbers to people use them for many other reasons. That is how you get telephone calls, messages from unknown numbers. They might use it for sending viruses and then they might be able to grab all your personal info.


January 6, 2018 at 11:30 PM by
WhatsApp Donation Hoaxes or Fake-News

Some people just have too much free time and money. And some are just too mischievous.


December 17, 2017 at 10:15 PM by
WhatsApp Donation Hoaxes or Fake-News
an anonymous user from: Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia

Pity, so I got to believe and share, what to do?


December 17, 2017 at 10:17 PM by
WhatsApp Donation Hoaxes or Fake-News

Remove the shares and share this article with your friends.


December 12, 2017 at 2:20 AM by
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an anonymous user from: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

What do get these type of people for doing this fake messages.


November 22, 2017 at 6:45 AM by
WhatsApp Donation Hoaxes or Fake-News

Here is another hoax:

"The baby is born blind and $200,000 is needed for her treatment so she can see again. You don't have to donate a penny but wasapp is raising the fund each time the picture is shared. Please share."


November 9, 2017 at 4:21 PM by
WhatsApp Donation Hoaxes or Fake-News
an anonymous user from: Ilford, England, United Kingdom

Audio message - Pakistani lady asking to repost the pic and audio and she will receive 5 rupees for each post.


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