Insurance fraud? Check the metadata in photos.

Check out the metadata using your favorite picture viewer or IrfanView. Metadata in photos has allowed us to demonstrate that some photos of stolen goods were taken AFTER the theft was reported to an insurance company. Interesting situation! After the receipt of our report it is not unusual to get a call from law enforcement in the beginning of their fraud investigation.

Metadata is important when we do forensic investigations of computers and phones. Often it can detect attempts to alter documents and spreadsheets to fake contents. Judges are very unhappy when this sort of evidence alteration is discovered.

Yesterday I enjoyed talking for an hour about metadata to the Puget Sound Special Investigators