Today more people are online than ever before, and that trend will continue to grow. As shown below, a large percentage of people using desktop and laptop computers are between 35 and 55+.
So, what do these people do online? They create digital assets and complete digital lives online and like in the real world wherever they go they leave footprints. Some of the digital assets created can be as follows.
Social networking platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube to name a few;
Cloud storage (such as Google Drive, Apple iCloud, Microsoft Skydrive);
PayPal accounts or other financial accounts.
Airmiles and travel points
Online records, including online banking and bill paying accounts, music and video subscription services and online trading accounts with companies such as Questrade, may have financial value. To complicate matters, each category of online items has a set of rules and regulations governing inheritance, privacy and distribution issues. The lack of consistency across platforms’ policies has made life increasingly difficult for grieving family members attempting to delete, retrieve or redistribute online property. What are the possible consequences of not locating all the digital assets of an estate?
Identity theft after death may jeopardise digital assets or lead to loss of estate beneficiaries.
Each year criminals use the identities of nearly 2.5 million deceased Americans to fraudulently open credit card accounts, apply for loans and get cellphone or other services. Canada is no exception and the fall out of someone stealing the identity of the deceased person can be devastating. Not only is there a long, complex and costly process to reverse the damage, the person handling the estate may sued for negligence.
OSINT Investigations is here to locate and help properly deal with all the digital assets of an estate. For more information please email us at email@example.com or call 403-589-6337.