Picture of Cash Posted on Facebook Leads to Home Robbery

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Some people who use Facebook are dumb. Like a 17-year-old Australian girl who posted a picture of a massive pile of cash to her Facebook account and was then shocked when, just hours later, her house was broken into and the money demanded from her.

Apparently, the 17-year-old was helping her grandmother to count her savings—ever thought of using a bank instead?—when she decided to take a picture of what she herself described as a "large sum of cash". The image was posted at 4pm and by 11:30pm the same day a pair of masked men forced their way into the girl's home.

Fortunately, the image was posted from a different location, so the pair couldn't find the cash in question. Instead, they made off with a small sum of money and some personal belongings from the home. Luckily, nobody was injured.


It's not certain how the pair got hold of the girl's address but, given her posting tendencies, it seems likely that she's published the details online. The whole thing does, at least, serve as a great reminder that posting images of high-value items on Facebook when your address is also publicly available is obviously a really, really dumb idea. [BBC via The Verge]

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