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Australian woman's winnings stolen after she posts selfie with winning ticket

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By Todd Northrop

A Perth, Australia, woman who won $825 on the Melbourne Cup horse race was shocked to find someone else claimed her winnings before she could, using details from her celebratory Facebook selfie.

Chantelle told radio station Triple M she was thrilled to have won hundreds after picking 101-to-1 shot Cup winner Prince of Penzance.

She posted a selfie of herself posing with the winning ticket to celebrate. "When we found out we naturally took a bit of a selfie to show my friends," Chantelle said. 

However, she did not realize that the image of the barcode could be used to claim her winnings at a machine.

When she tried to claim the money, she was told someone else had beaten her to it. "Someone had a pretty good game at filtering my picture and cutting out my barcode and putting it into an automated machine," the distraught winner said.

According to Chantelle, the culprit is likely one of her Facebook friends.

"To the low life who is obviously my friend on Facebook and used my photo to claim our winnings. You're a massive d---. You ruined my day," she wrote on Facebook. "I might need a bit of a Facebook cull now," she added.

She also told Triple M that police had been able to track the claim and are investigating.

The incident served as a warning to social media users posting seemingly innocuous images that may contain sensitive information.

Facebook users were sympathetic and scathing in equal measure once the radio station posted the story online. 

"Wow what a sc--bag," wrote one user.

"Wow !!! Who need enemies with a 'friend' like that? [sic]" posted another.

Then came: "stupidity at its worst. Moron."

"Bahahahaha serves her right," read another comment. 

LISTEN to the radio report

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 Thanks to hearsetrax for the tip.

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Posted: November 4, 2015, 9:25 am - IP Logged

WTF ?

I thought these people had an anonymity option !

 

I have to agree w/the "serves her right " comment.

Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds    -- Charles Mackay  LL.D.

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    Posted: November 4, 2015, 9:47 am - IP Logged

    Not a good idea to advertise our winnings on any media venue.

    Winners should beware and be wise.

    Bang Head

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      Posted: November 4, 2015, 9:59 am - IP Logged

      The same is also true by telling folks on FB that you & the entire family are going on a 3 weeks vacation to Europe. Unfortunately some  have returned to ransacked homes all because of " advertising your  joy " to the world.Thieves love it when idiots do half their planning.

      People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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        The Quantum Master
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        Posted: November 4, 2015, 10:33 am - IP Logged

        It's Expensive being Stupid and Selfieish.

        We post our winning tickets, no matter what the prize size, either after we claim the winnings or blurring critical information like ticket confirmation numbers / barcodes.

        Presented 'AS IS' and for Entertainment Purposes Only.
        Any gain or loss is your responsibility.
        Use at your own risk.

        Order is a Subset of Chaos
        Knowledge is Beyond Belief
        Wisdom is Not Censored
        Douglas Paul Smallish
        Jehocifer

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          Posted: November 4, 2015, 10:40 am - IP Logged

          This is so funny, what an idiot,don't worry these idiots will continue to post all their personal exploits on social media sites for all to take advantage of them hahahaha.

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            Posted: November 4, 2015, 10:58 am - IP Logged

            Life is the hardest teacher, it gives the test first and the lesson later.

            A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

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              Zeta Reticuli Star System
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              Posted: November 4, 2015, 11:24 am - IP Logged

              WTF ?

              I thought these people had an anonymity option !

               

              I have to agree w/the "serves her right " comment.

              I think they do have anonymity but even so that wouldn't stop someone from doing what she did on FB.

              Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

              Lep

              There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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                Happy California
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                Posted: November 4, 2015, 11:29 am - IP Logged

                Troll As author Don McNay says, "Don't flash your cash in public."

                  This could be called bragging about how much money you have.See Ya!

                 I've been rich and I've been poor. Believe me, rich is better. 

                 Attributed to Joe E. Lewis and others

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                  Posted: November 4, 2015, 11:31 am - IP Logged

                  Troll As author Don McNay says, "Don't flash your cash in public."

                    This could be called bragging about how much money you have.See Ya!

                  I Agree!

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                    Posted: November 4, 2015, 11:40 am - IP Logged

                    Makes no sense. She's saying while their at the track they posted a pic, someone reverse copied it and ran down to the track and cashed it. Most people would cash it right away.

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                      Posted: November 4, 2015, 12:02 pm - IP Logged

                      The first person she should have shared her good news with was someone at the lottery office who could pay her claim.  Let it be a lesson to the next one who posts everything.

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                        Posted: November 4, 2015, 12:15 pm - IP Logged

                        I think they do have anonymity but even so that wouldn't stop someone from doing what she did on FB.

                        That's true, she would have blabbed on FB even if it was 825MIL.

                        She should look at this as a $ 825 invoice for her 15 minutes,

                        even though she's famous for being stupid.

                        Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds    -- Charles Mackay  LL.D.

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                          Posted: November 4, 2015, 12:16 pm - IP Logged

                          It's Expensive being Stupid and Selfieish.

                          We post our winning tickets, no matter what the prize size, either after we claim the winnings or blurring critical information like ticket confirmation numbers / barcodes.

                          indeed ...... I hope shes learned her lesson and learned it well

                          Skeptical but from the looks of that facebook mugshot  , I doubt she will

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                            It's Expensive being Stupid and Selfieish.

                            We post our winning tickets, no matter what the prize size, either after we claim the winnings or blurring critical information like ticket confirmation numbers / barcodes.

                            LOL !

                            Good one JadeLottery,

                            "Selfieish"   initially I thought it was a typo, but it's a good description for anyone that's completely SELF absorbed.

                            Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds    -- Charles Mackay  LL.D.