I don’t know who have started this particular message, but it is going viral on Facebook. People are posting similar message on their Facebook wall which warns not to scratch any types of scratch cards by your nail, it can cause skin cancer. These people are also asking their friends to copy and paste the message on their wall and let others know.
Facebook message even claims that Medical research Authority of the US has found this new cancer in human beings caused by ‘Silver Nitro oxide’.
Message reads like this:
ATTENTION. …..Medical research Authority of the US have found that new cancer in human beings caused by ‘Silver Nitro oxide’. Whenever u buy recharge cards or calling cards don’t scratch them with ur nail as it contain ‘silver nitro oxide’ coating and can cause skin cancer. Copy and paste this status and spread awareness please.
Well, I’m not going to believe this message, which claims so and so things. Actually, it was frustrating to see people copying and pasting such message on their Facebook wall. I do not have much knowledge about Medical things, but I believe this message is just another Facebook scam.
After seeing such message on my Facebook homepage, I’ve tried to find the actual thing behind it. When I searched for ‘Silver Nitro oxide’, Google suggested me to search ‘Silver Nitric Oxide’ instead of ‘Silver Nitro oxide’. Though I’m not sure, but I think ‘Silver Nitro oxide’ may not exist. Also, I didn’t find any ‘report’ of ‘Medical research Authority of the US’. I even suspect the existence of research body so called ‘Medical research Authority of the US’.
Moreover, I’ve found that ‘silver foil’ of scratch cards is made up of ‘Latex’. Latex is a rubber plant. According to Wikipedia, “Natural rubber is the most important product obtained from latex; more than 12,000 plant species yield latex containing rubber, though in the vast majority of those species the rubber is not suitable for commercial use. This latex is used to make many other products as well, including mattresses, gloves, swim caps, condoms, catheters and balloons”.
Another site says, “More than 40,000 everyday products contain latex. Latex exposure is not something you can completely avoid. Sometimes it can be in products that you would never suspect, such as panty hose, socks, sanitary pads and even lottery scratch cards”.
After going through my findings, I believe that this message which is rapidly spreading on Facebook is just another scam. But it’s always better not to scratch such scratch cards by your nail, since you might have an allergy with Latex.
If anyone knows the link to report of “Medical research Authority of the US”, please let me know. If you’ve any idea about this thing please share in comments below.