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Woman's Facebook ‘friend’ steals £418 from her after posting selfie with winning racing ticket

Chantelle from Perth was so pleased with her winnings she shared the news on Facebook – only to be taken advantage of by one of her ‘friends’

By Loulla- Mae Eleftheriou-Smith

Published 04/11/2015

Chantelle was ripped off by one of her Facebook 'friends' Facebook/TripleM
Chantelle was ripped off by one of her Facebook 'friends' Facebook/TripleM

Most friends on Facebook will be happy for you in times of celebrating personal winnings – but some could use it as an opportunity to rip you off.

That’s what Chantelle from Perth, Australia discovered when she posted a celebratory selfie on Facebook with her winning ticket from the races, only to discover that one of her social network ‘friends’ used the picture to steal her money.

Chantelle told radio station Triple M that she had never been to the races before and decided to put some modest bets on a few horses.

She placed a $20 (£9.29) bet on a horse called Prince of Penzance with odds of 101-1, and was “stoked” when she discovered she had won $900 (£417.90). She posted a selfie of herself with the winning ticket, barcode and all, which someone used at an automated ticket machine to collect her money.

“Fifteen minutes [after posting the photo] I went to collect the money and was told it had already been claimed,” she told the station.

"All of our profiles are private, so it has to be someone we would like to think of as an acquaintance, I will have to have a Facebook cull now."

Chantelle said the police have tracked where the money was claimed and believe they will be able to find the person who cashed her ticket.

Source Independent

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