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Help Find Nine-Year
old Penny Brown-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
An appeal from a mother to
help locate her missing 9 year old daughter, Penny Brown.
This has been circulating
long enough and without any evidence whatsoever that it is true that
we are classifying it as fiction.
In a classic act of Internet integrity, someone has added that she
is the subject of an "Amber Alert," a system of
immediately notifying law enforcement and media of a missing child.
There is no amber alert, of course, because the story is not real.
1. There is no evidence with any missing persons organization
or law enforcement agency about a girl of this age and identity.
2. The email address given for response is no longer
3. Some versions say they are from a woman from the University of Calgary, Monzine Jang.
She is real but has
nothing to do with the story and is getting weary of all the phone
calls. She doesn't know how her name got involved. She
has been concerned enough about it, however, that she's checked with
missing persons organizations and law enforcement agencies in her
area of Canada, but with no success at finding anything.
4. Other versions say the email is from Carol R. Carreón of
the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the
University of Texas at Austin. She says she regards the email
as a hoax and that it was merely forwarded to the school.
5. Another version says she is the daughter of the manager of
a Long's Drugstore in Southern California.
6. Still another version says she is the daughter of a store
manager from Longs, South Carolina.
6. The appeal in this eRumor is similar wording to other
missing child hoaxes.
7. If this person was really interested in getting help, she
would give more information such as the location where the girl was
last seen and any law enforcement agency that would want to receive
A real example of the story as it has
Subject: MISSING CHILD PICTURE-ESKO
I am asking you all, begging you to please, forward this email onto
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, sees anything, please contact
me at firstname.lastname@example.org I am including a picture of
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.
Please. thank you for your kindness, hopefully you can help
Monzine Jang Office Administrator G208,
Health Sciences Centre Faculty of Medicine
University of Calgary
403- 210-8140 (fax)
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