I was amused to read that many people trying to conceal their assets are being betrayed inadvertently by their own children. The Telegraph reports:
Leading cybersecurity firms say they now use social media posts as evidence in around 75 per cent of all litigation cases.
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In one debt recovery case where a man claimed to have no items of significant value, one of his children gave the game away by posing on the family’s £12 million super-yacht in the Bahamas.
Daniel Hall ... recently seized a "newly acquired private jet" in a fraud case because one of the two fraudsters had a son in his 30s who posted a photograph on Instagram of himself and his father standing in front of the plane.
"That's the kind of jackpot scenario one hopes for," said Mr Hall.
And even those who should be well aware of dangers of social media are still not getting the message. In March, the rapper 50 Cent was ordered by a US court to explain how he had posed with stacks of $100 bills which spelled out the word ‘broke’ after filing for bankruptcy. He claimed the money was fake.
Hall, a former lawyer turned corporate investigator, said the meta-data in social media posts could even be used to locate people or find out where proxy companies were located.
"You can start building up a profile of that individual: where they are; what their interests are; who are they regularly in touch with?" he said.
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Andrew Beckett, managing director of cybersecurity and investigations at Kroll, said the firm uncovered multimillion-pound hidden assets in a divorce case last year where a husband had claimed he was virtually penniless.
They found the hidden money and assets by monitoring the location of his children’s social media posts.
"We monitored social media, particularly for his children, who were in their 20s, and found a lot of posts from the same geo-tagged sites," said Mr Beckett.
"Cross-referencing that with land registry and other similar bodies overseas, we found half a dozen properties that were registered in the name of this person.
"We were able to go to the court with a list of assets that we conservatively estimated at $60m, which the court then seized until he settled the amount that had been ordered."
There's more at the link.
I know an old idiom claims that 'Cheaters never prosper', but in my experience a lot of cheaters do prosper. It's comforting to know that they can still be caught out in this way. I suppose their kids are doing themselves out an inheritance in the process, though, so they're being punished too!