Penny Brown – Another Missing Child Hoax

Emails that suggest that particular children are missing are becoming increasingly common these days.

Some are true, such as in the cases of Andrew Thompson and Matt Leveson.

Others are hoaxes, such as Ashley Flores and Evan Trembley, which distract peoples’ attention away from the true cries for help.

The following email, about Penny Brown, falls into the latter category and should not be believed.



I am asking you all, begging you to please, forward this email on to anyone and everyone you know, PLEASE. My 9 year old girl, Penny Brown, is missing. She has been missing for now two weeks. It is still not too late, Please help us.

If anyone anywhere knows anything, sees anything, please contact me at

I am including a picture of her. All prayers are appreciated!!

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

thank you for your kindness, hopefully you can help us.

Monzine Jang
Office Administrator
G208, Health Sciences Centre
Faculty of Medicine
University of Calgary

The Penny Brown missing child hoax has been going around the internet and into inboxes since 2001 and keeps resurfacing every few months or so.

If you happen to receive it then please note that no-one by the name of Penny Brown has been reported missing so please don’t forward this one.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


  1. Katherine Lim says:

    Sorry but these false alerts upset me. How can people find this sort of thing in any way amusing or entertaining?

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