[IMGCAP(1)]Social media is changing the way humankind communicates in every way. From live tweeting, to “checking in” on Facebook, to posting pictures to Instagram and tagging the geolocation, the amount of information to which the public has access is truly shocking.

When most think of social media, they think of these practices as a lighthearted, engaging avenue to keep in touch with contacts and to read up on the news. But when digital forensic experts think of social media, they see a prime place to search during their fraud investigations. The digital trail left by fraudsters on their social accounts, and others’, sets the stage for fraud examiners to connect the dots in ways that were unthinkable just a few years ago.

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