How Deep Can Employee Background Checks Go?

Employee background checks can be vast, extensive, and almost become a document on every move you have made in the previous years. This is so companies can get a sense of who you are and to prevent fraud. Companies use it so they can be guaranteed that you are who you claim to be and that it isn’t taking a risk by hiring you. Companies use it as a safety net to prevent hiring people with a criminal record. To make sure that your education is verified and for the general safety of the company.

On your application or CV, et cetera, you should always be honest with the company as the majority of US-based companies now do background checks. If you lie, you will be caught out. Background checks are done by external companies or departments, for example, KYSHRM – Employment Background Check, have a list of U.S. based companies that specialize in extensive background checks and if you have lied about your education or your criminal record, you will get found out. Obviously, background checks aren’t limited to your criminal record or education, many types exist, and different organizations may ask for more information.


What They Can Find

So what specifically shows on certain types of background checks? On a criminal record check, you may find any crimes you’ve been convicted of, so that includes, but not limited to: crimes you’ve been found guilty for such as drug charges, speeding tickets, assault charges et cetera, any time spent in jail. It may also specify the crime committed, albeit arrests won’t likely show up as that’s no proof of guilt. Criminal check evidence may last up to a lifetime in certain U.S. states, while some will give you a clean slate of no criminal charges after ten years.

If you’re applying for a job in the financial sector, you’ll be subject to a credit check. This is a thorough check of your credit history and how you manage your finances. It is the most common check for loans and credit cards. A common form of credit check is your credit score. A credit score often covers the past ten years and can include credit card payments, loan payments, bill payments, loan inquiries, and even bankruptcies. An engineer most likely won’t be credit checked, unless the role involves managing finances.

Another type of check is a personal license check, this is just a general background check into confirming what qualifications you claim to have. This is obviously to prevent people from faking qualifications, such as degrees or high school grades or specialized qualifications such as a plumber’s qualification or any trade skill. Usually, these last a lifetime and the background check just includes contacting the qualification association which you’ve claimed to gain a qualification from.


Your Past Laid Bare

Other than the types listed, what may come up is employment verification, to confirm your previous years of employment, this will include looking up your national insurance number and perhaps contacting previous employers, proof of ID and address, such as looking up your passport number and confirming your address on the government database, proof of right to work in a country, which will usually be in the form of confirming your VISA or passport and any references you have put down will be contacted and ask to give a character reference.

Background checks can check usually every part of your history essentially that is at risk when the company hires you and it’s vital that on your application, you don’t lie as the background checks are extremely sophisticated and will catch you out.

How One Programmer Busted an Online Fraud Scam

A programmer at an HP branch in London exposed a huge online scam that conned people of their hard-earned money to the sum total of $67,000. Before we start, it is important you are aware of ways to secure your money from scams. A good online service, like is a great start.

The Scam

Vince Barratt was scrolling through his Facebook one night when he came across something that caught his eye. A great aunt called Mariah had shared a post stating that after hearing rave reviews from her neighbor, she started to use an online personal training service. However, the one she found presented more harm than good. She stumbled across a Facebook page called SIMON SHREDS. It had a number of supposed good reviews so Mariah messaged them. Within seconds, someone replied offering a discounted first session at only $20. Mariah agreed, paying through PayPal and that afternoon went on a Skype call with “Simon”. She enjoyed it; “Simon” was in good shape and he gave a lot of useful information.

He proceeded to perform a high-intensity interval training workout, which he encouraged Mariah to do with him. Mariah enjoyed the session so much, she paid for 10 more, spending a total of $250 so that she would stay motivated. However, at their next scheduled workout date, she couldn’t get into contact with “Simon”. She rang over and over again but got nothing in response. So she went back to the Facebook page but it was no longer there. Simon had vanished. Vince read all of this and his blood boiled. Fortunately, for the previous ten years, Vince had worked at HP as a software programmer.

He knew how to get around computers and so he messaged Mariah asking for any possible information she could give him on “Simon” including his accent, phrases he used, and topics they discussed on their Skype call. Next, Vince traced Simon’s IP address to see where he was. But unfortunately, he had taken steps to hide this from the public. So Vince put out a post to see if any other people had been the victim of something similar. The post went viral and Vince received a number of responses from people all over the world. It seems SIMON SHREDS had been disappearing and reappearing all over the place under a number of different names but the description of the supposed personal trainer always remained the same, as did the setup. Pay and receive the first session, pay for more, and then never see the trainer or your money again.  One woman even paid $800. Her husband was furious when he found out. A man informed Vince that he was given a different account to send the money to. This one was located in Dallas.

What He Did

Vince traced the account number and contacted the branch, requesting information on the account owner.  They were revealed to be Mr. Joel Cornish, a trainer at a gym just ten minutes away from the branch. Vince alerted the authorities with proof of the man’s actions but they refused to listen, saying the evidence wasn’t strong enough. So Vince decided he would receive a training session of his own. He found a page believed to be Simon Shreds and paid for a training session. He sent a live stream to the Dallas police department and then told “Simon” he knew who he was and what he had been doing. Mr. Cornish told him no one would ever believe him, inadvertently confessing to the fraudulent crimes. He was arrested two days later. Vince single-handedly busted an online fraud program. Mr. Cornish was given 3 years in prison and fined a total of $80,000.

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