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, CareerExcuse.com,
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.