Todd: Look at our great vacation photos!
IamAthief: Look, I am robbing your house!
I am actually surprised this doesn’t happen more on Facebook.
Family brags about their far-off vacation, and some “friend” takes
note and robs them blind.
Maybe I am paranoid, but I don’t post vacation photos
until we are back home. Otherwise, it would be like posting
a sign outside our house saying: “We are NOT home”
While Facebook robberies seem possible, it doesn’t happen very often.
On September 10, 2010, NECN.com, a news agency in New England, reported
about a burglary ring which targets Facebook users in New Hampshire.
The police alleged three men broke into more than 50 homes and stole
over $100,000 worth of property.
Facebook responded with the following statement:
“We’ve been in contact with the Nashua police, and they confirmed that they while they have an ongoing investigation and have already made a number of arrests, the only Facebook link was that one of those arrested had a Facebook friend who posted about leaving town in the near future (which is why they believe that home was targeted) and it had nothing to do with Facebook Places. The police confirmed that the other burglaries had nothing to do with Facebook altogether.”
Facebook basically brushed the robberies as one part of a larger theft ring.
So is this a potential problem? Am I just paranoid?
I guess the real question is:
How much do you trust your Facebook friends?
p.s. Props to anyone who can identify this famous home.