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Internet Users Begging To Be Robbed

Thursday, February 18, 2010 17:22 GMT

ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – People who surf the Internet are just begging to be robbed.

Sharing vacation plans and whereabouts on a social networking site may seem like a good idea, but people who do so are setting themselves up to come home to a ransacked house.

That’s why web designer Frank Groeneveld co-created PleaseRobMe.com, which lists random Twitter or Facebook status updates that people post proclaiming they’re away from home, making them vulnerable to thieves on the prowl.

He says, “The danger of telling the public where you are is that it leaves one place where you are definitely not: Home. On one end we’re leaving lights on when we’re going on holiday and on the other we’re telling everyone on the Internet we’re not home.”

By listing them, Groeneveld is hoping people learn a harsh, yet valuable lesson in staying safe by keeping their mouths shut.