Forwarding texts won’t donate money

A friend of mine sent me this text message yesterday and asked me if I knew whether it was legitimate or not:

Msg: I know what your saying. Im not sending that it dont work. Well im asking you why not try? If you have unlimited txt do just because you can. What if it was ur grandmother, ur mother, daughter, sister, niece, aunt, cousin or ur best friend who had breast cancer? How would u feel? Everytime this message is sent ur carrier will donate $1 to the Susan G. Komen foundation. Verizon, Sprint/Nextel, Tmobile, AT&T, and MetroPCS are all taking part in this race so please fwd this back to me and every1 in ur phone if u have a heart! If u can send all the nasty fwds then u can surely send this. it’ll take 10 seconds of ur time. PLEASE FWD!! EVERYONE!!!! (life is a blessing) 

My first thought was, “impossible. You can’t track text messages from one person to another, unless maybe you are a sexy actor on CSI. Cue rock music and emo shots with high-tech sparkly things. And, for God’s sake, people, can someone wipe some of the Vaseline off Marg Helgenberger‘s camera?”

I really said that all out loud.

My second thought was that I should check on Snopes.com to see what they knew about it. If you don’t know about Snopes, you should. They know EVERYTHING. The site has been around for 14 years. They are well-known as fair, honest people who focus on facts. It’s a husband and wife team who are total information and research geeks. They rock. They make gullible people like me look like I have my shit together.

Snopes has heard of it. The text message is a hoax.

However, if you would like to donate to Komen using text message, you may text “Komen” to 90999 and $10 will be charged to your cell phone bill. YOUR bill, not the cell carrier.

You may also donate to Komen by credit card here. If you want to do things the old-fashioned way and write a check and mail it, you can do that, too.

For those who don’t know, Komen is “the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world,” according to their website. During my own journey with breast cancer, I have found the Komen website to be one of the best resources for factual information and, very often, a starting point for my research for this blog.

(An aside: their website seems to be all kinds of jacked up today. It might be a breast cancer awareness month traffic jam.)

I’m not always a fan of Komen – I have definitely been opposed to some of their corporate partnerships in the past. However, I think when you become an organization of their size, you can’t make all of the people happy all of the time. Despite my occasional beef with them, I still think they are a great organization. The money you send them is used to fund a huge amount of the breast cancer research in this country. I’ll be writing a bit more later this month about Komen Race for the Cure and what I like about it.

Author: rosie

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