Fraudsters Beware. USA now, but coming here soon

  Bingalau 08:03 02 Feb 11

From a friend in America, I hope it does come here soon too.

Employers, college admissions officers and divorce lawyers can do background checks. Police have caught fugitives. Lawyers have discredited witnesses. Companies have discovered applicants with awesome resumes participating in embarrassing – or sometimes even illegal – behavior. What’s the newest way to do this? By checking out social media sites like Facebook or MySpace.

And now insurance companies have gotten in on the act.

Such sites have become the latest way to detect insurance fraud. The industry says that fraud accounts for $80 billion a year, and 3 – 10 percent of total annual health care spending. Thus, using the same tools that have helped employers “bust” a bad employee for illicit behavior are now being used to “bust” someone who is receiving disability illegally. Or so they say.

  interzone55 09:58 02 Feb 11

It's really really simple to avoid bosses, lawyers & insurance companies from viewing your Facebook profile - just keep it private - only allow friends to view your wall, and make sure you only accept people you actually know as friends.

It's amazing the number of people who have hundreds of "friends" on Facebook when they rarely leave the house, and can nver find anyone to help them when they need something doing.

Always remember, a friend will help you move house, a true friend will help you move a body...

  wiz-king 10:02 02 Feb 11

Been here ever since, not at all new.

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