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Crooks Posting 'Selfies' With Stolen Cell Phones

Updated: Wednesday, January 8 2014, 02:19 PM CST

Picture after picture is being posted online, snapped with a stolen cell phone.

An Austin man is warning others on the website reddit after someone swiped his smart phone and began using it to hack into his Twitter account and post selfies on the internet.

"You can find out a whole lot about a person by their cell phone," said Connor O'Quinn.

O'Quinn is a cell phone tech with Discount Electronics in Austin.

He believes crimes like these can be avoided. It starts with setting up a solid password.

"Ultimately you want random numbers and letters or take a line from a song. Take the first letter from each word and that'll give you a random password," added O'Quinn.

But what if you skip this simple step and your cell phone is stolen?  Shameless selfies may help you locate the culprit.

When you snap a picture with you cell phone and post it online the picture contains geotracking information like where the pic was taken.

Experts recommend turning all of your detective work over to the real-life cops and let them handle it.

But before it ever gets that far, take some advice from Christine Santos.

"I keep my phone locked all the time," said Santos.

By Alex Boyer

Crooks Posting 'Selfies' With Stolen Cell Phones


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