Social Media – aid to SARS
Does your Facebook profile show off your new car or did you publish an article on the web about the new CEO living the high life? Does your on-line profile tell the truth or do you embellish/add a bit for show? Do you monitor who accesses your on-line information or who views your profiles?
Technological advancement has made it easier for SARS to analyse and ‘mine’ data from various sources. There has been an increased activity by SARS on all social media sites to view personal information of ‘persons of interest’. An innocent statement, an article in a magazine or even an on-line profile can give anyone with the right technology more insight into a person’s lifestyle – cars, houses, where they live and possibly even their entities. Mix these new ‘insights’ together with the current information on file with SARS and you have a recipe for a possible investigation if there are any discrepancies or mismatches.
We would like to advise you to proceed with caution with on-line posts, profiles and social media communications so as to protect your personal affairs from scrutiny by SARS.
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