Facebook's most wanted

Social networking has a dark and hilarious side of ill-conceived criminality. Here are some of Facebook's dimmest crooks (and smartest detectives).

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If there's one defining feature of social life on the Internet, it's this: people think it's not quite reality. This has been true for as long as people have been interacting socially on the Internet, behavior that predates "social networking" by a least a solid decade. In some ways, this can be good -- people can live out fantasies safely, or overcome crippling shyness. But there will always be people who think "Internet" and immediately assume "lack of consequences," and think "lack of consequences" and immediately leap to "crime." And then there's the fact that people will say things on social networking sites that they'd never say in person.

Here, then, is a rogues gallery of Facebook-themed crime stories: some announced via Facebook, some cheered on -- and some even solved!

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