The company Avast warned about an online fraud with a fake video of a girl with cancer. Criminals ask for donations for a case that does not exist.
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It is not uncommon for people with medical needs to come to the generosity of users Internet to finance their treatments. Platforms like GoFundMe allow you to request donations that will be used for hospital expenses.
However, there are criminals who abuse the kindness of people who donate online. Such is the case of the video known as “My Alexandra”, where an alleged girl with cancer asks for donations to pay for their treatment.
“I don’t want to die, please. My name is Alexandra and I have cancer”, is heard in the video.
The video, posted on multiple YouTube accounts, has millions of views. However, the cybersecurity company Avast has warned that it is a scam and that the case represented in the video is not real.
Although this video has been particularly successful with the public, Avast claims that it is just one more example of an increasingly common trend on the Internet.
“We have found a whole selection of videos of the same girl, with calls in Arabic, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Hebrew. Videos with similar appeals have also been detected, but with different girls and boys, ”said Pavel Novak, Analyst at Avast.
It is presumed that this video has raised 640 thousand dollars, equivalent to 13 million pesos. All this money has been left in the hands of criminals.