Family Robbed After Teen Posts Photo of Money on Facebook

We hear stories all the time about people losing their jobs because they complained about something on Facebook.

Well, recently, one girl's family became victims of a crime after the girl posted a photo on Facebook.

Last Thursday, a 17-year-old girl logged on Facebook and posted a photo of a "large amount" of cash on her profile. Within seven hours, two burglars showed up in masks with knives and clubs at her parents' house. They asked to talk to the girl about the money.

After the  girl's parents mother told the men she didn't live there anymore, the men searched the home and took money and other items.

The girl had posted the photo from Sydney, Australia. Her parents' house is about 75 miles away from where she uploaded the photo.

A reporter from MSNBC who wrote about the story didn't know how the robbers found the photo or how they knew where her parents lived.

If the girl didn't share her photo publicly, one of her friends could have shared it on their profile. With all the custom privacy and account setting Facebook has now, it can be easy to slip up and accidentally make some of your private information public.

Once people know your name, usually all they have to do is look you up in the white pages to find your address.

Do you leave your profile on private? Do you customize the settings so only some people can see some information?

Read the full story here.

Posted by Ariel Brouillard on May 29, 2012

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