Woman’s Facebook status invites a burglar

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Keri McMullen says that her house was burgled after she updated her Facebook status to say that she was going to a concert.

Keri, and her boyfriend Kurt Pendleton, left a message on Facebook saying that they were heading out to a bar in New Albany, Indiana, to see band called Fire Department perform a set at 8pm. At 8:42pm, two men broke into the couple’s house.

More than $10,000 worth of goods were stolen in the burglary, which was captured on a surveillance camera recently installed in the house.

To her credit, Keri then used Facebook to her advantage – posting images of the suspects caught on camera to her Facebook wall, and realising that one of them had “friended” her some months before.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.