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Facebook May Have Foiled This Auto Fraud Plot

Digital Friendship Could Be 'Smoking Gun' in Staged Accident

Social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter have quickly become the claims investigator’s friend, as they can provide vital clues in pinpointing and unraveling insurance fraud rings and isolated offenses.

One case is point is the pending trial of four Sacramento, Calif. women for their suspected involvement in a staged auto accident scheme. Though the women denied knowing one another prior to a collision in December of 2011, detectives learned over the course of the ensuing claims investigation that the foursome were in fact acquainted at least in the digital sense, as “friends” on Facebook.

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