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General home safety tips: lock your doors, have a neighbor check in if you’re gone for a few days, and, apparently, only allow people you truly trust to view your photos on Facebook.
A pair of burglars in Australia invaded a woman’s home Thursday after they spied a photo of cash that had been uploaded to the social network.
The image was posted by a 17-year-old girl in Sydney, who was helping her grandmother count out her personal savings.
That night, a pair of masked bandits came to the home of the girl’s mother in Bundanoon, a small village about 90 miles away. Apparently confused about where the photo was taken, the two demanded the pile of cash they saw on Facebook. The girl’s mother told the men that her daughter no longer lived there, but the bandits nevertheless ransacked her house.
The two stole a small amount of cash and some personal property, but no one was harmed in the incident. The burglars’ identities are unknown, and police are looking for leads.
Maybe they should start with the daughter’s Facebook friends list.
Photo by Chasqui
A former senior politics reporter for the Daily Dot, Kevin Collier focuses on privacy, cybersecurity, and issues of importance to the open internet. Since leaving the Daily Dot in March 2016, he has served as a reporter for Vocativ and a cybersecurity correspondent for BuzzFeed.