As much as you might want it to be, Facebook just isn’t private.
But a lot of criminals certainly seem to think that it is. You’ll be shocked when you see the kinds of self-incriminating posts people willingly put up on their social media accounts. These are some of the greatest examples we could find. Enjoy!
8 incredibly dumb criminals who should’ve stayed off social media
Thanks for the gas, officerYour village just called, it wants its idiot back. Michael Baker thought it would be a good idea to snap a photo of himself siphoning gas out of a police officer's cruiser while also flipping off the entire force. Then (good idea #2), he posted the photo on Facebook. Police charged him with theft by unlawful taking, and they're now planning to buy lockable gas caps.Facebook/Michael Baker
Look how cool I amWhat do smart criminals do when they're on the run? Lay low. As for the stupid ones, they like to brag. Maxi Sopo escaped bank fraud charges by fleeing to Mexico. Once there, he opened up a Facebook account and bragged about how much fun he was having in the tropical paradise. Then he added a former Justice Department official to his friend list. It didn't take long for Mexican authorities to bust him.The Canadian Press/AP
Before-the-robbery selfie"Hey police, we're about to rob a place. Send backup." These two Swedish girls thought it would be an awesome idea to take a selfie just before they held up a burger joint. Needless to say, police caught up to them real fast (within 50 minutes).Imgur
Stolen dress selfieAnother selfie, another arrest. On July 11, Danielle Saxton allegedly stole the dress she's wearing from an Illinois boutique (the really tacky, rainbow-print one). Just a few hours later, she posted four incriminating photos of herself wearing the dress on Facebook, making one of them her profile picture with the caption "love my dress". When officers arrested her, Saxton still had the clothes in her hand. Facebook/Danielle Saxton
One poke too manyDon't put your poker where it doesn't belong. Shannon Jackson learned that the hard way when she allegedly violated a restraining order with a Facebook poke in 2010. The Tenessee woman had been forbidden from making contact with another local resident, including cyber pokes, apparently. If convicted, she could be looking at one year in jail plus a maximum fine of $2,500. ThinkStock
Good parentingBaby doesn't want a bong hit, trust us. A 19-year-old mother from Florida posted this picture on her Facebook page so that one of her friends could see it. Too bad the social media site is all about the sharing and spread of information across its millions of members. Her secret got out, and the Florida Department of Children and Families has since launched an investigation.Facebook
21 to lifeFor 21 years, Francisco R. Legaspi got away with it. The man successfully evaded authorities after pleading guilty to filing false tax returns in 1993 by escaping to Mexico. All these years later, he probably thought it was safe to open up a Facebook account. Big mistake. Police found it and tracked him to Ontario, where he was arrested and extradited.ThinkStock
Cyber treasonNever screw with the king. A man who pretended to be a Moroccan prince on Facebook was charged with "villainous practices" once the royal family found out. Fouad Mourtada was arrested and sentenced to three years in prison.ThinkStock