Israeli Scammers Defraud Nigerians With Child Cancer YouTube Adverts

Date: 11-08-2022 11:17 am (1 month ago) | Author: Bayo Nelson
- at 11-08-2022 11:17 AM (1 month ago)

Anyone with an iota of compassion will feel pity for Alexandra. On several social media platforms, Alexandra, a 9-year-old girl, is portrayed as a desolate cancer patient who has already suffered severe hair loss and is struggling for her life. The emotional video depicted Alexandra in tears as she reaches out for financial assistance for treatment. “I don’t want to die,” she says, as tears drizzle down her cheeks.

The video was also shared as a sponsored post on Facebook, YouTube and as Google Ads. It has so far generated lots of reactions amongst social media users. Yet DUBAWA’s findings revealed the organisation soliciting the funds, “Netiv Halev,” is fraudulent.

Alexandra’s supposed quest for survival
Cancer is one medical condition that experts are yet to overcome despite technological advancement. A study in 2012 revealed that cancer claims as many as 21,000 lives every day globally.

According to the World Cancer Research Funds, more than 18 million cases were diagnosed in 2020, with varying impacts on gender, among other factors. Further findings also revealed that cancer is the second largest cause of death in children from age 1 to 14, with accidents claiming the highest.

Alexandra, supposedly one of the few that the world would know of her medical state, was in tears as she shared her wishes to stay alive. The alleged 9-year-old girl pleaded with viewers to come to her aid as her parents are too poor to handle her medical expenses.

The plea has generated more than 14,000 reactions, 6500 comments and 1900 shares on Facebook as of July this year. It has also generated more than 2.9 million views and 2,200 likes on this YouTube channel since it was posted on July 2. Also, there are more than 3,410 subscribers on the channel.

Lanre Olagunju, an editor for a popular news medium in Nigeria, said he had donated $10 and his wife was planning to give out even more money for the cause.

“I gave $10, I paid using my card. My wife is planning to give more,” he said while expressing surprise that the whole thing is a scam.

Unlike Lanre, Esther Danladi, a civil servant in Abuja, was not so fortunate. After donating $5 for the cause, she said that her dollar domiciliary account was wiped out.

“The video touched my heart. I cried because this little girl seemed helpless. But minutes after I donated, my account was wiped out,” Esther claimed.

Apparently, the whole thing is more premeditated than it appears on the surface. Ads and promotions are even, currently, being run on Google AdSense to give the post a wider audience reach.

On their website dedicated to collecting donations, unsuspecting members of the public have already donated more than $536,000 out of the $727,881 target by June 2022.

But a month later in July, the benchmark increased to $1.15 million after the contribution nearly hit the previous limit. It seems the perpetrators are on an unending mission to keep siphoning funds from unsuspecting victims.

There is a sophisticated process

To donate to the cause, the user is required to provide a mail address, name and phone number, and subsequently, make a payment using credit or debit card details.

In cases where the request ends unsuccessfully, an automated follow-up mail is sent to the donor to try it again. The user has to then start from the beginning, and any attempt to check the website for previous activity is rendered futile.

Finding the loops; verifying the scheme

The homepage that is receiving the donations is presented in Hebrew, but after it was translated to English; there was no information “about” its previous activities; contact details, or even details about the organisation’s structure.

Craig Silverman, the media editor of BuzzFeed News, explained that websites with credibility would provide a bit of detail about what they do on a dedicated segment as they have nothing to hide. “Most websites tell you at least a bit about what they are. Whether on a dedicated About page, a description in the footer or somewhere else; this is a good place to check for a website’s credibility.”

“A lack of clear information could be a hint the site was created in haste or is trying to conceal details about its ownership and purpose,” as is the case with this website.

A check on the authenticity of the website on Trend Micro Check (a website that checks for scams and misinformation) reveals that the website is a scam and is designed to host hoaxes.

Additionally, DUBAWA’s analysis of the website’s URL revealed the existence of more than 3 domains hosted on the same IP address ( Some of the foremost DUBAWA traced were:

Posted: at 11-08-2022 11:17 AM (1 month ago) | Hero
- Dopybadass at 11-08-2022 11:55 AM (1 month ago)
When I first saw the video,I just laughed because I know say na scam, people can go extremely creative to get people scammed ,they just see a little girl crying and asking for donations,you no think otherwise  Grin
Posted: at 11-08-2022 11:55 AM (1 month ago) | Gistmaniac
- constigoldo at 11-08-2022 12:02 PM (1 month ago)
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Posted: at 11-08-2022 12:02 PM (1 month ago) | Hero
- constigoldo at 11-08-2022 12:03 PM (1 month ago)
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Quote from: Dopybadass on 11-08-2022 11:55 AM
When I first saw the video,I just laughed because I know say na scam, people can go extremely creative to get people scammed ,they just see a little girl crying and asking for donations,you no think otherwise  Grin

Hmm, they say I should be calming down oo Grin Grin Grin
Posted: at 11-08-2022 12:03 PM (1 month ago) | Hero
- gogoman at 11-08-2022 12:20 PM (1 month ago)
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Posted: at 11-08-2022 12:20 PM (1 month ago) | Addicted Hero
- Dopybadass at 11-08-2022 12:45 PM (1 month ago)
Quote from: constigoldo on 11-08-2022 12:03 PM
Hmm, they say I should be calming down oo Grin Grin Grin
Grin Grin Grin How are you today?
Posted: at 11-08-2022 12:45 PM (1 month ago) | Gistmaniac


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