"Make sure what you tell your insurance company ties up with what you tell the world, because we can check," says Christelle Fourie-Colman, Chief Executive Officer of MUA Insurance Acceptances.
"We went onto his Facebook page and, the night before, was actually his year-end function. We saw the venue, where it was, and were actually able to do a couple interviews. These led us to understand that he wasn't out on an emergency call. He was at the function from 6pm the following night to around 4am the next morning (same time as the accident), drinking the whole night through. His claim was rejected as we could prove he was under the influence of alcohol. If it wasn't for social media, we wouldn't have been able to gather that information."His social information was quite easily found and "was open for the world to see".
"An accident happened and we had reason to be suspicious."The insurance company went onto his social media pages and saw a few instances of the owner of the exotic car's 21-year-old son driving the R4 million car. All evidence was gathered through the many pictures the son had posted of himself behind the wheel.
"We could then take that information and investigate further."Needless to say, the insurance company had valid ground to reject the claim.