Teen's Facebook Posting Gets Her Mom's House Robbed

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Grandma's moneyBy Jill Krasny

Here's another reason you might consider quitting Facebook: Posting photos of your cash could get you robbed.

Daily Telegraph's Clementine Quero reports a 17-year-old was helping her 72-year-old grandma count her savings when she decided to snap a photo of some wads of cash and post it to Facebook.

It wasn't long after that two men armed with a wooden club and knives broke into the teen's mother's house, demanding to know about the money. The guys made off with some personal items, but thankfully no one was hurt, including the mother, who'd told the the crooks her daughter no longer lived there. (We only hope the teen has since switched her Facebook settings to private.)

While it's clearly brainless to publicize what's in your wallet, that's not the only way robbers are using social media to snoop on your goods.


Vacant foreclosed homes are increasingly being listed online on sites like PleaseRobMe.com, while other criminals are using mainstream sites such as Craigslist to do their worst. As the Chicago Sun-Times reported last September, Samuel Watson, 33, was relying on Google Maps to find expensive homes to rob, which in turn helped him make off with $100,000 in jewelry and electronics.

Facebook Photo of a 'Large Sum of Cash' Leads to Robbery

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Steve

It was not facebooks fault she is so stupid. Anyone posting that kind of crap online is only asking for problems. Maybe she has learned her lesson, what a moron.

May 31 2012 at 5:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John

maybe she was in on it

May 31 2012 at 5:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jasmine

Why does Facebook get blamed for the dumb decision people make. Why would the writer even start by saying, "Here's another reason you might consider quitting Facebook: Posting photos of your cash could get you robbed". Facebook does not force people to post all their business, people CHOOSE to do so.

May 31 2012 at 5:05 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
hpycmpr155

This kid has got to be dumber than a box of rocks.
Suprised directions to the house weren't included in the post.

May 31 2012 at 4:51 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Charles

Obviously it was someone on the teens friend list, not some random stranger, that's the only way the intruders wouldve known where to go to steal the money, So maybe the story should be about who you choose to place on your 'friends list' or better yet, who your real friends are

May 31 2012 at 4:43 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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rockdaisy13

yeah not really. SHe probably had her phone number and address set on public. It's not too hard to find where someone lives if they have your number which is why they turned up at a house where she doesnt live at anymore.

May 31 2012 at 7:28 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
lilnomadic1

Instead of it saying "Here's another reason you might consider quitting Facebook" how about saying "Here's another reason to not be stupid and give out personal info" If this person had not put this on facebook they would have shared it in a phone message or other ways .. Stop trying to blame others when someones own stupidity caused the problem.

May 31 2012 at 4:03 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
calderasf

There's no end to the stupidity of the facebook stare at my cell phone all day generation. Children there is a must more exciting world then facebook and ur cell phone.

May 31 2012 at 3:58 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
RXTOXICWASTE

THAT'S ONE DUMBASS TEEN!!!!!!

May 31 2012 at 3:46 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
lynnbrown45

Smart move -- see what it got you !!!!! Next time try common sense !

May 31 2012 at 3:35 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
iiromero

This has nothing to do with Facebook! This is a simple case of "IGNORANCE." Ignorace from the 17 yr old granddaughter who took the picture and posted on Facebook. Ignorance on behalf of the grandmother who had such amounts of money in her home instead of the Bank or a safe deposit box. Ignorance on behalf of person who wrote such ignorant comment, "Here's another reason you might consider quitting Facebook: Posting photos of your cash could get you robbed."

Facebook is a social networing tool; simple! Use common sence, respect yourself and others, respect privacy and never forget...once you put it out..it becomes public to all...

May 31 2012 at 3:34 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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