Facebook FAIL Friday 161

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Plain and simple, don’t answer Facebook ads for iPhones… they are never real.

December 6, 2013
Police say people responding to Facebook ad were robbed in Severn
The Baltimore Sun

Anne Arundel County police say two people from Virginia came to the county Thursday to buy a cell phone that had been advertised on Facebook — and say they wound up being robbed.

Police said at 11:22 p.m., officers responded to Still Meadows Drive ear in Severn for a report of a robbery, and met with two victims.

They told police they had answered an ad on Facebook to purchase a cell phone. They were met by four men at Still Meadows Drive, and when they showed their money, one of the men pushed one of the victims and took their money and a phone. The victims tried to get the money and phone back, and one of the suspects pointed toward his waist and implied he had a weapon, police said. [READ FULL STORY]

If you are going to rob people, don’t look for accomplices on Facebook…

December 7, 2013
Police: Burlington robbery suspect used Facebook to find accomplices
By Mike Donoghue, Burlington Free Press

One of three gun-toting masked men linked to an armed robbery at a Summit Street apartment in Burlington last month has been ordered held for lack of $25,000 bail on an assault and robbery charge.

The victims helped identify Tyran Sprauve, 19, of Burlington, who had been to the apartment earlier, through pictures on his Facebook page, city police said.

They said Sprauve also had posted a message shortly before the armed robbery that he was “looking for a big man to join my ball team hit me up if you’re a baller.”

Police said the message was slang for somebody looking for an accomplice for robberies.

Police continue to seek two accomplices. [READ FULL STORY]

No surprise here, Facebook is just as greedy and sneaky as every other corporate giant…

December 8, 2013
Facebook ‘Likes’ Tax Schemes to Avoid Paying Uncle Sam
Brianna Ehley, The Fiscal Times

Well, the U.S. government isn’t going to “like” this: Facebook shifted a little over $1 billion in profits earned overseas to the Cayman Islands last year.

The world’s largest social networking site avoids hefty tax bills on most of its international earnings by using a web of subsidiaries in Ireland and the Cayman Islands, a favorite tax haven for many multinational corporations because it has no corporate tax.

Facebook uses a tax-avoidance scheme that has been dubbed the “double Irish” because it involves two subsidiaries incorporated in Ireland. Similar strategies have been employed by other large multinationals like Google and Apple. In Facebook’s case, one subsidiary, Facebook Ireland Limited, collects advertising revenue from around the world. In 2012, for example, it boasted a profit of €1.75 billion (or about $2.3 billion), but that quickly turned into a pre-tax loss of €626,000 (or about $850,000) when the company paid €1.75bn in “administrative expenses” tied to the use of intellectual property to the second subsidiary, Facebook Holdings Limited, the Financial Timesreported.

The string of money moves dramatically reduced the taxes Facebook owed for 2012. In the end, Facebook reportedly paid €1.9 million (about $2.6 million) in Irish corporate taxes even as revenues surged to €1.79 billion. [READ FULL STORY]

If you are going to a fight, and bringing a knife that will incur obvious results, may not want to post on Facebook first…

December 11, 2013
Facebook posts come up at trial of Willoughby man accused of killing Euclid man
By Tracey Read, The News-Herald

“One, two Chris is coming for you. Three, four you better lock your house door. Five, six you better call all the guys in your clique. Seven, eight I’m so full of hate. Nine, 10 you keep bothering my girl I’ll keep beating your ass over and over again.” — Facebook post from Christopher Dowen at 7:53 p.m. June 30.

Nobody disputes Christopher Dowen posted that public message on social media just hours before 18-year-old Prentice Dietrich-Smith was stabbed to death at his Euclid home.

And no one disagrees that Dowen, 19, of Willoughby, was the one holding the knife.

But is Dowen a murderer or a scared teen acting in self-defense?

That’s a question a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court jury of eight men and four women will decide. [READ FULL STORY]

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