There are quite a few people who immediately turn to the Internet for advice, which, in general, isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Posting a quick question on Twitter or Facebook can net you a large pool of helpful responses, provided you have the right friends.

That said, you really need to be careful about what you post and how, as one Japanese woman learned the hard way after posting her brand new iTunes card numbers when seeking advice about how to register them.

“I don’t know how to use this iTunes card!”

One Japanese Internet user tweeted out, “My papa bought me these cards! But I’m not sure how to use them… LOL” along with a photo of the two cards.

But people tweet pictures of their new stuff all the time, right? It’s not like she posted pictures revealing the iTunes codes printed on the cards.

Oh, no, wait, nevermind. That’s exactly what she did.

For those of you who haven’t used them (Hark! A mythical creatures doth appear!), iTunes cards have secret codes printed on the back. You can buy the cards with cash and then use the code numbers to add money to your iTunes account if you don’t have a credit card or simply don’t want Apple to have your credit card number.

So, throwing those numbers all over the Twitterverse is entirely as bad of an idea as it sounds. And it sounds as bad of an idea as blowing compressed air into your butt.

“Delete that immediately!!”

The woman’s followers, it turns out, are mostly decent human beings and immediately replied, telling her to delete the photos. The woman was probably baffled, but she responded right away to get rid of them.

Obviously, this is not where our story ends.

Too little, too late…

Unfortunately, she was too late. Another Twitter user tweeted at her, “Thanks, stupid woman! Lolol! All your numbers are belong to me! Well, I guess this is also kind of a good lesson. Thanks for the ‘magic stone.’” The “magic stone” seems to be a reference to the smartphone game Puzzle & Dragons, where defeated opponents drop “magic stones” which a beneficial to players.

The woman immediately responded, “Give it back!” and then “It’s gone…”

Obviously, some low, dirty scoundrels used the iTunes codes for themselves.

“Are you happy now??”

Frustrated with the theft of her codes, she tweeted the following.

“Well, fine, I guess I’m just stupid. But you’re just horrible.”
“If you commit this kind of theft again, that’d just be unforgivable.”
“Do you enjoy doing this kind of stuff? I don’t care about my stuff, but don’t do this kind of thing anymore!”
“Please apologize!”

Account shutdown

The account of the user who stole the codes has since been frozen. And, with the encouragement of her followers, it seems like the woman started feeling better.

However, as wrong as it was for someone to steal her iTunes codes, it’s important to remember that not everyone on the Internet is your pal, especially when anonymity has a habit of making people say and do extremely idiot things online. As painful or shocking as it may be to admit, this is probably something that should be common knowledge by now.

Maybe it’s time to start adding basic Internet security to the school curriculum?

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