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Fourth echelon

Saudi con artists use photos of sick American girl to solicit donations

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Her story prompted an outpouring of sympathy and cash donations - until it was revealed to be a fake.

A Twitter account claiming to belong to a Saudi girl receiving treatment for leukaemia touched the hearts of thousands. Photos showed the young cancer patient, named as Sara Ibrahim, smiling through the stages of her treatment. The account, started in February, gained over 75,000 followers and thousands of tweets were posted with the Arabic hashtag #Friend_of_Sara, with comments such as: "Sara you are my sister and daughter and I hope to see you a bride and happy." Many gave money to help pay for Sara's treatment, sending the funds via bank details sent to Twitter users in direct messages - although it's impossible to say for sure how much money was donated in total.

There was only one problem. The account was a fake.



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