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There's something funny about these Boston Marathon runners' bibs

Bib Fraud At Boston Marathon
This year, security at the Boston Marathon could have made it one of the safest events in America - but runners still fell victim to an unexpected crime: fraud.

Several runners found pictures of strangers wearing the same bib numbers in marathon photos posted online.

One runner, Kara Bonneau, says she posted a picture of her race bib on multiple social media accounts on Saturday. After finishing the race in an impressive three and a half hours Monday, she went looking for pictures of her crossing the finish line.

She typed in her number, and five results came up. Obviously only one was her, but four others, two men and two women were captured finishing with the same exact bib.

Bonnaeu says they likely made copies of her bib from her Instagram post - but its unclear if all four fraudsters were connected.

The incident has sparked outrage among attendees who say it's not fair that these Boston bandits took medals from people that paid to be there. Unfortunately, Bonnaeu says she contacted marathon officials who said, "There's nothing they could do, and that these things happen."

So a word of caution to runners who are actually qualified to race in any marathon - save your race pics until after the finish line so no one else crosses it that shouldn't.

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jmpgfoto April 25 2014 at 12:42 PM

It seems that even with all the reports of fraud, identity theft, etc., some people are just too ignorant or too stupid to understand that posting things on the internet is not safe. Why would anyone post their bib# BEFORE the race? Same with bicycle races or anything else (including tickets to events), why post your information so that someone else can copy it? THAT IS JUST PLAIN STUPID!

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teeveequeen jmpgfoto April 25 2014 at 12:47 PM


what do they expect ... PRIVACY? ... LOL

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voodoodoll818 April 25 2014 at 1:05 PM

in triathlon have easily identifiable wristbands that you must show, though I suppose someone could get their hands on those, too. criminals are always one step ahead of the law.

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fmasone April 25 2014 at 1:06 PM

wow another cheater

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janebarker1313 fmasone April 25 2014 at 1:31 PM

I know, right? Who would have guessed?

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Donna April 25 2014 at 1:08 PM

It sucks that this happened to her, but you can't trust social media and you can't trust all people! There are many good people that have morals and integrity, but there are also these vultures that feed on people that open themselves up for it. She was proud but maybe should've waited until after the race to post her photos. It stinks, but that is the reality these days!

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Donna April 25 2014 at 1:09 PM

It is a little strange too that the story is about fraud and stolen bib numbers, etc, yet the photo and the gallery linked to the story are of the awesome guy that actually won the race, the first American to win since 1983.

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jspfarm April 25 2014 at 5:23 PM

So much for their "security"-- it just goes to show that if someone wants to infiltrate an event , they can and will, kind of makes you wonder who else snuck by the official's, why they did so, and what they accomplished.
Luckily, it ended well, and if the worst thing to come out of it was someone stealing a couple of medals they did not earn, great..

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aol screen April 25 2014 at 1:11 PM

Our world always had it's share of problems. As we see in the posts here. Some can't help putting down others opinions. Protect yourself at all times. Don't give out unnecessary information. As we see here on this very thread,...it will be used against you. Yes, as for the one poster who left the message,"Things aren't fun anymore", It seems harder and harder to have good, safe fun. Don't give up.
You who mock, protect your children from the very thing you pass onto others. Don't be part of the problem.

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bullmesht April 25 2014 at 1:11 PM

jcou38 do you sit up at night trying to say racist stuff? They took a picture of a person winning the race. Stop trying to make more of it than it actually was. Are you any relation To Al or Jesse?

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hhammerhead1 bullmesht April 25 2014 at 1:43 PM

why didn't they put pictures of the "actual" cheaters on the caption?

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jacqueline April 25 2014 at 5:10 PM

why is this site blurring the faces of the copy cats?

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chvol jacqueline April 25 2014 at 5:17 PM

'cause they're running

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Noah April 25 2014 at 1:15 PM

She can't play the victim when she plastered the images of her bib across her social media channels. It's her own fault and now she just sounds petty and victimized.

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