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Woman's #Selfie Allowed #Facebook 'Friend' to Steal Her Cash Prize

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Oh silly Australian woman. Didn't you see my previous article about the perils of posting bar-code selfies online? No? You must've been busy that day. Chantelle, a Melbourne Cup race-goer from Perth, was so ecstatic about her $900 win on her first bet she just had to share the moment with her so-called online friends. Little did she know that sharing a spontaneous, jubilant photo would result in someone else claiming her winnings.

Her $20 bet on 100-1 Prince of Penzance struck her with a stroke of luck that was quickly taken away when one of her Facebook 'friends' took her photo and claimed the money by scanning the bar code in an automated machine. The whole process took only 15 minutes, and Chantelle was still at the races when the theft happened.

“To the low life who is obviously my friend on Facebook and used my photo to claim our winnings. You’re a massive d**k. You ruined my day,” Chantelle wrote on the site about the cyber theft.

The unfortunate incident is yet another reminder that social media posts can be potentially detrimental to users. Chantelle admitted after the incident that she made need "a bit of a Facebook cull now". Nevertheless, authorities have located where the money was claimed and feel confident that they will track down the perpetrator.



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Woman's #Selfie Allowed #Facebook 'Friend' to Steal Her Cash Prize Reviewed by Katie Gascoyne on Sunday, November 08, 2015 Rating: 5

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