Background Checks and Phony Identification
You can get bad results from good background checks.
Identity theft has become a major problem to users of credit reports and to law enforcement. It is a major headache to those unfortunate enough to have had their identity assumed by another person. Millions of dollars are lost to fraud based on stolen identities.
Problems also arise when applicants use fake or purchased identification when applying for a job.
The FTC says that 17% of all identity theft in California is done for employment purposes.
Using stolen or fraudulent ID, a person applies for a job. The company runs a name based background check using the name, date of birth, and other identifiers provided by the applicant. The background check is returned showing accurate results, but not for the person applying for the job. It is the background of the person whose identification was used, and the results may show that the applicant is suited for the job. Background checks in this cases like these are worse than worthless, since they have has absolutely nothing to do with the candidates applying for the job.
Anyone applying for a job will expect to provide identification. Employers should be thoroughly familiar with the various forms of drivers’ licenses, state issued identification, and ask for other documents if any look suspicious. Also accept only a genuine social security card, not a copy or facsimile of some kind. If they are unsure, resources are available to help.
Problems also appear when a person is arrested and booked using a fake ID. The arresting agency uses the name and identifiers to enter the perpetrator into the criminal repository, and the arrestee becomes the person on the ID. Sometimes the arrested person goes so far as to go to court and pay a fine using the false name.
This becomes a huge problem when the person whose ID was used goes to apply for a job and finds out that he or she has an arrest record. The only way to get this straightened out is that once the information is disclosed to the applicant, he must go the arresting agency and request a fingerprint comparison. Then the record can be removed, but this is procedure that can often take weeks or even months. Then the victim is generally given a letter from the agency attesting that he is not the person named for that particular arrest.
When using background checks, be aware of the implication bogus ID’s may have, and how they may be used.
For further information on background checks, call 866-914-2567 or click here.