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BBB Warns About Background Check Email Scam

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Better Business Bureau® (BBB) is warning consumers to be on the lookout for a background check email scam that landed in BBB inboxes recently. The BBB warns the fake messages claim someone ordered a background check on the email recipients to get them to click an infected link. The BBB alert is at http://www.bbb.org/blog/2015/02/someone-ordered-your-background-check-its-a-scam/. Continue reading

US Government Accuses Security Contractor of Faking 665000 Completed Background Checks

The U.S. Justice Department has accused a private security company contracted to provide background investigations to the federal government of faking at least 665,000 completed background checks while receiving nearly $12 million in bonus payments from 2008 to 2010, according to a report from CNN available at http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/23/justice/us-background-check-fraud/index.html. Continue reading

Falsified Background Checks Show Importance of Accreditation Standards for Private Screening Firms

In a story demonstrating the importance of accreditation standards for private background screening firms, the Federal Times reports that the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) – which oversees background investigations for the government – is investigating a growing list of cases involving the alleged falsifying of security clearance background checks while a “consistent backlog” of similar cases awaits investigation. The complete story is available on the Federal Times website at http://www.federaltimes.com/article/20130707/ACQUISITION03/307070009/Backlog-bogus-background-checks-grows. Continue reading

Better Business Bureau Warns Job Seekers about Background Check Scams for Employment

Job seekers in the St. Louis, Missouri area say they have been scammed by thieves claiming to represent a company performing biohazard cleanup work, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns. All victims claimed the thieves cut off communications after collecting the $89 fee job seekers paid for a supposed pre-employment criminal background check using prepaid cash cards. The full article is available at http://stlouis.bbb.org/article/BBB-Warns-Bio-Advocate-Pro-Steals-Money-From-Job-Seekers-40989. Continue reading

Jobseeker Reportedly Fakes Background Check for High School Coaching Job to Conceal Criminal Record

A story from the Providence (RI) Journal website Projo.com about a Rhode Island man reportedly faking a background check to conceal his criminal record so he could get hired as assistant coach of a girls’ High School volleyball team shows the lengths some jobseekers may go to conceal their criminal pasts during the hiring process. After attending practices without pay before the alleged fake background check was uncovered, the 53-year-old Cranston, RI man was arrested on charges of providing false documents to a public official. Continue reading

Past Employment Verifications Important to Employers with some Jobseekers Receiving False Job References for a Price

To help some frustrated jobseekers succeed in the current job market, one company is offering false job references – complete with job titles, start dates and end dates, and salary – to people seeking employment who are willing to pay a fee plus a monthly subscription. This service that offers phony references from real “Reference Providers” and work histories from “Virtual Companies” is why background checks of job applicants, particularly past employment verifications, have become so vitally important for employers today. Continue reading