Stopping Resume Fraud 101: 8 First Steps to Background Checking a Prospective Employee

Stopping Resume Fraud 101: 8 First Steps to Background Checking a Prospective Employee

In the Internet age, resume fraud requires a little more sophistication
than simply lying about work history or education. For a few hundred dollars,
someone can manufacture (and document) an exemplary employment history complete
with real-live references, fake companies, and invented college degrees.

There are several online service providers for folks looking to jazz up
their credentials. The
Reference Store
is an international service offering clients “from corporate
executives to newly released prison inmates” the opportunity to “create an
entirely new work history using our fake reference service. “End the frustration
of bad references today!” trumpets another provider,,
which offers a more attractive (and better copy-edited) website but fewer
services (and lower fees).

The services provided with these packages vary, but in short, they offer
unlimited live references and prior employment complete with a business website,
fax number, email addresses, HR phone number, a professional answering service,
and a live HR person for future employers to talk with.

Hiring the wrong person under false pretenses puts a company at risk. It
can cost a business big money to replace a bad hire or address mistakes made
by a person that did not possess the competencies they claim to possess.

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Post By Barry Nixon (262 Posts)

W. Barry Nixon is the COO, the leading background screening information portal and online worldwide directory of professional background screening firms and Suppliers to the background screening industry. He co-authored the landmark book, Background Screening & Investigations: Managing Hiring Risk from the HR and Security Perspective. He also is the publisher of award winning newsletters, The Background Buzz and The Global Background Screener, and the author of the Background Checks column in PI Magazine.

In addition, Barry is a past recipient of the elite ‘Top 25 Influential People in Security’ by Security Magazine and past Co-Chair, International Committee for the National Association for Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). He currently serves as a Global Ambassador for NAPBS.

You can contact Barry at 1-949-770-5264 or online at