In today’s day and age of smartphones, tweeting, and profile apps, our culture has become one focused on sharing. We post pictures of our adorable dog and delicious meals, and we update our Twitter and Facebook posts daily (if not more). However, before you continue posting pics from your vacation, it is important to note that what your posts online are accessible to everyone, even those involved in your bankruptcy case. When a creditor is investigating you and your case, they can definitely use what you post online against you later.
What Do Investigators Look for?
In an attempt to prevent bankruptcy fraud, creditors regularly search the social media accounts of individuals who have filed for bankruptcy. Understanding what they look for can help ensure that you don’t slip up and hurt your case accidently.
If you have filed for bankruptcy, you shouldn’t post about:
- High-value houses or property
- Boats or cars
- Expensive jewelry
- Plastic surgery or cosmetic procedures
- Fancy dinners
- Pay raises or promotions
Making social media posts about these things can send a red-flag to a creditor, giving them ammunition to poke holes into your bankruptcy claim. Even if your posts are an illusion and you are just trying to keep up appearances for your friends and family, what you post could hurt you. It is best just to be honest and upfront—or to remain silent.
Our Englewood bankruptcy attorney at the Law Office of Michael Boyd can help protect you from common bankruptcy mistakes, like posting things on social media. As a quality Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy law firm, we have helped numerous clients regain their footing after the tumultuous experience of bankruptcy. We understand this is a difficult time, which is why we believe you shouldn’t go through it alone.
Contact our office at (201) 383-6173 today and get started.