Tech Tuesday: Think Like a Thief

Each Tuesday, pleasureinlearning brings you Tech Tuesday.  Come back each week for more ways to become efficient and effective in your use of technology. 


Last weekend my husband and I were looking at purchasing an Audi A4.  We saw this really great deal on craigslist (a classified ads website).  The pictures of this car were beautiful and the price was right.  We messaged the seller through the contact feature, but unfortunately didn’t hear back.  We’re driving home from an errand and my husband says to me, “I bet we can figure out where the seller lives from the pictures.”

Being the helpful wife that I am, I agreed to assist with his pursuit.  He drove and I looked at the pictures for clues.  We identified some high tension power lines from the pictures.  It was also clear that the street had no sidewalks and houses of varying ages. Lastly, we noticed an empty lot across the street.  Based on our intimate knowledge of the high tension power lines in our city, we narrowed our search down to a few neighborhoods.  On the second one we struck gold.  There was the house in the pictures!

My husband jumped out of the car and knocked on the door.  Unfortunately the A4 had been traded in the day before.  We were bummed.  Fortunately, the seller was able to tell us where he had sold it and how much he had received for it.  Armed with that knowledge, we got a great deal on the car from the dealer.  We only paid a few dollars more than the original craigslist ad price and got an oil change along with new brakes and tires.

What’s the moral of the story here?  Be careful what you post on the Internet!  Check out the first portion of this ad for another example of what NOT to do.


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