Missing Kid? Urban Legend? Hoax? - All Lies!

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"O you who believe, fear Allah
and be of those who are truthful."
 Guess what? The "Ashley Flores" e-mail with picture? -
It was a
Big Hoax - a Fraud - a LIE! And there's no such missing child.
 
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"Worst of Hoaxes" - Says Chaplain Yusuf Estes, former National prison chaplain in Washington, D.C.
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Chaplain Estes, just back from overseas trip continued, "It is a good thing we verify stories BEFORE putting them on the Internet. I wish more Muslims would be responsible and do the same thing" he said. "
As a parent, grandpartent and great-grand parent - I can tell you, this is something that really hurts and makes you just sick at the stomach. You wonder how someone could stoop down to this level?"
"And the worst part is, Muslims are forwarding these lies without verifying the source. This is against Islam."
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. Origins:   Most missing child alerts circulated via e-mail fall into one of two categories: [click on "Read More..."]
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More about "Lies & Liars"
1. Genuine reports of missing children that continue to be forwarded long after the child has been found
Or -
2. Hoaxes imploring readers to look for children who aren't missing or don't exist. The above-quoted message bears all the hallmarks of the latter category.
The text of the e-mail (reproduced as we first received it in May 2006) does not include some of the most basic information one would expect to find in a genuine missing child plea: where the young girl (Ashley Flores) went missing, when she went missing, when and where she was last seen, a physical description of her, contact information for her parents, contact information for the local police authorities handling the case, etc. All we're provided with is the ambiguous statement that a "Deli manager from Philadelphia, Pa" has a 13-year-old daughter who has been missing "for two weeks," and even that information seems to have been tacked on to the message by someone other than its originator. It even includes phrases taken word-for-word from previous missing child hoax e-mails, such as Christopher John Mineo and Kelsey Brooke Jones.

Meanwhile, the one piece of identifying information provided in the message, a yahoo.com e-mail address, produces a "no such user" error when mail is sent to it, and a variety of searches through news accounts and law enforcement and missing child web sites, including the site of the Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), fails to turn up any mention of a missing girl named "Ashley Flores."

In the event, it turned out that although the pictured Ashley Flores may be a real girl, her "missing" status was one concocted as a kids' prank. In this case it was a particularly bad and widespread prank, one that left thousands and thousands of concerned citizens attempting to verify the status of a missing girl who wasn't really missing. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer::
"Everyone is concerned about this girl," said Athena Ware, spokesperson for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. "We've gotten quite a few of those e-mails here. But it's not an active case in our system."

It's not an active case because it isn't true.

It's a hoax — pure balderdash, sheer hornswoggle, a regular mountain of malarkey.

There may indeed be an Ashley Flores living in Philadelphia, but nobody has reported her missing to the Philadelphia Police, said Yolanda Dawkins, a department spokesperson.

The FBI hasn't received any notice about young Ashley, either. Neither has the Pennsylvania and New Jersey State Police for that matter.

An Acme spokesperson said that the market had received numerous inquiries and offers of help, but knew of no employee named Flores who had a missing daughter.
In one day alone (19 May 2006), our site registered over 25,000 searches from readers looking for information about Ashley Flores.

In April 2007, a version appearing over the signature of Staff Sergeant Rick Williams of the Rolla (Missouri) Police Department began hitting the inbox. While there is indeed a staff sergeant named Rick Williams working for that particular law enforcement agency, the hoax is just as much a hoax as ever. Says the Rolla Police Department
about the e-mail:
Ashley Flores Missing Child Hoax

Initial reports in the media and on the Internet of the missing 13-year-old Philadelphia girl named Ashley Flores have proven to be nothing more than a very bad hoax, according to numerous law enforcement agencies and credible news outlets.

Despite conclusive evidence that the original missing person report and Amber Alert regarding Ashely Flores was a hoax concocted by a kid's prank, the Rolla Police Department still receives hundreds of calls every day regarding her status.

A variety of searches through law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigations, New Jersey State Police and Philadelphia Police, and numerous missing child websites such as The Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), confirms there has never been an official report of a missing girl named Ashley Flores.

The Rolla Police Department is trying to spread the word that although Ashley Flores may exist, reports of her disappearance were an unfortunate internet hoax. Pranks such as these are not only illegal, but also hamper and interfere with communications and law enforcement operations.

For more information, please go here or call Lt. Doug James at 573-364-1213
"Everyone is concerned about this girl," said Athena Ware, spokesperson for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. "We've gotten quite a few of those e-mails here. But it's not an active case in our system."

It's not an active case because it isn't true.

It's a hoax — pure balderdash, sheer hornswoggle, a regular mountain of malarkey.

There may indeed be an Ashley Flores living in Philadelphia, but nobody has reported her missing to the Philadelphia Police, said Yolanda Dawkins, a department spokesperson.

The FBI hasn't received any notice about young Ashley, either. Neither has the Pennsylvania and New Jersey State Police for that matter.

An Acme spokesperson said that the market had received numerous inquiries and offers of help, but knew of no employee named Flores who had a missing daughter.
In one day alone (19 May 2006), our site registered over 25,000 searches from readers looking for information about Ashley Flores.

----- Original Message  A BIG FAT LIE 
Subject: Fwd: Amber Alert - please look at photo
Note: forwarded message attached.

AMBER ALERT !!
Staff Sergeant Rick Williams
Rolla Police Department
1007 N. Elm St .
Rolla , Mo. 65401
(573) 364-1213
Fax (573) 364-6346
Please look at the picture, read what her mother says, then forward this message on.



My 13 year old girl, Ashley Flores, is missing.
She has been missing for now two weeks.
Maybe if everyone passes this on, someone will see this child.
That is how the girl from Stevens Point was found
by circulation
of her picture on tv. The internet circulates even overseas,
South America , and Canada etc.
Please pass this to everyone in your address book.
With GOD 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.
It is stil l not too l ate. Please help us. If anyone
knows anything, please contact me at:

HelpfindAshleyFlore
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
I am including a picture of her.
All prayers are appreciated! ! '


It only takes 2 seconds to forward this.
If it was your child, you would want all the help you could get!!

Thanks! Have A Great Day

This whole email and it's contents were part of a Hoax started in 2006 and it still continues until to day.


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