Private Investigator Cambridge and Bedfordshire: There are numerous stories of rich kids putting family assets at risk by advertising their opulent lifestyles on social media. Online posts are often used as evidence during litigation and criminal trials. One example in the UK involved a man claiming to own nothing, yet having this claim challenged in court after his son posted Facebook images of his father’s fleet of sports cars.
While rich kids are flaunting their lavish lifestyles, others take a more cautious approach with their personal information. Stories in the media of government snooping and sweeping surveillance powers have made it much more common to see private Facebook posts and social media users posting under fake names.
It is also common for the wealthy to be targeted by burglars after posting images of their diamond watches and sports cars on social media. Posts have also affected legal proceedings abroad. The rapper ’50 Cent’ had to explain to a US court why he posed with stacks of $100 bills that spelled out the word “broke” after filing for bankruptcy.
Social media is a very useful tool for the investigator. This is due to the tendency, particular among teenagers, to post everything and anything online. Even if an individual does not have a social media presence and shuns the internet, the chances are they appear online due to social media posts made by their friends, families and work colleagues.
A person of interest may do everything they can keep a low profile, but the chances are that their personal information is out there just waiting to be found.