Oh no, not another article about the dangers of using social media by injured workers! Unfortunately, we believe we need to highlight over and over again the dangers of using social media during an active workcover claim, even when using an alias account or a fake name! In the following article, a private investigator who works for workcover insurance companies shows how ‘fraudsters’ can be caught on social media, even using various ‘stage names’.
Dangers of Social Media even when an injured worker uses an alias or fake account
According to a private investigator who undertakes surveillance of injured workers for workcover insurance companies, ‘a good private investigator in this day and age develops internet search and background investigation skills’.
The workcover private investigator goes on to say that the more information a private investigator has before s/he hits ‘the street’, the better his/her chances are of capturing and documenting ‘the truths’ that some injured workers would prefer to keep hidden.
“That more information”- dear injured workers- refers to internet background and social media investigations.
The PI (private investigator) goes on to say that the primary question is whether or not the injured worker (under surveillance) is active or not active on social media platforms.
In a fairly recent, self-reported workcover surveillance case, the private investigator could not find the injured worker’s name anywhere on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the rest of the web. The PI did not see this as a setback, as ‘ there are more ways to skin a cat than one’. The workcover private investigator ran a thorough background check and actually managed to locate some of the injured worker’s family members and known associates/friends. From there, the private investigator went on to research those people’s social media sites. The PI rationalised that if the injured worker (under surveillance) was ‘active’ on social media, then, he would likely be in touch with those known family members, associates and friends.
The workcover private investigator boasted that his strategy paid off as the ‘subject’ (the injured worker under surveillance) was ‘all over’ social media sites of located family members, known associates and friends.
‘It turns out the subject was, among other things, an artist. And did all his social media postings and communications under various nicknames‘. Best of all said the PI, the injured worker ‘considered himself invisible to the workcover insurance company‘. On Facebook, amongst other comments, he (allegedly) posted a short video showing him (in part) painting a large canvas ‘with no sign of claimed injury or impairment’.
The workcover private investigator added that ‘he likes the real streets and he likes the personal interaction that is often part of surveillance investigations.
But the private investigator also loves the internet and ‘he can in many instances be equally as dangerous to fraudsters as he is with a video recorder behind tinted windows in the back seat of a car.‘