EMPLOYEE BACKGROUND SCREENING IS A CRITICAL TOOL FOR COMPANIES TO ENSURE THEY ARE CHOOSING THE BEST PERSONNEL FOR THEIR ORGANIZATION.
FAKES AND FORGERIES FROM APPLICANTS
As a global leader in background screening and due diligence, CRI Group provides a wide range of screening services to businesses through its EmploySmart program. Among these critical checks are education verification. And if you think verifying an employee’s or candidate’s education credentials is just a formality, wait until you hear about these cases.
INVESTIGATION FINDS 5 OUT OF 18 DEGREES TO BE FAKE
CRI Group’s investigators recently conducted background screenings of employees who were working for a multinational organization operating in Pakistan. While verifying education credentials as part just one of the aspects of a thorough screening process, the investigators immediately noticed red flags and initiated detailed checks of the education degrees claimed by the subjects.
In this case, CRI Group screened 18 degrees claimed from a single university. By contacting the university and conducting an examination of documents and records, CRI Group found an astounding 5 of them (27.7 percent) to be fake and/or forged. There is likely a similarly large percentage of employees that are performing duties in various organizations without carrying relevant degree or certifications. There is a possibility that many of the employees are performing their tasks in companies without holding relevant past professional experience, and some may have been involved in suspicious activities in their past which could result in huge monetary loss for the companies where they are currently employed.
An applicant claimed to be a holder of a university degree. When CRI Group conducted its local education verification process, the university named by the candidate reported that the applicant’s degree was ‘fake and forged.’ The applicant also provided a reference letter, apparently signed by the university’s Deputy Controller of Examination (Dy COE) — confirming his education record and asking to re-check his record with the university.
However, further investigations showed that the reference letter was also fake, and the signatory was not, nor had ever been, the Dy COE of the university. Another fake and forged degree was revealed when CRI Group investigated the applicant’s BBA — as there was no conferment of said degree.
A CRIMINAL AMONG THEM
In another pre-employment verification of an applicant, CRI Group uncovered disturbing details. When the applicant’s previous employers were contacted, one of them reported that the applicant was hired without any prior experience, was trained for a couple of months, and then terminated due to committing cash embezzlement as well as participating in harassment and workplace violence. A second employment verification revealed his termination, as he caused a financial loss to the company.
In the end, some job candidates will seek an advantage through fraudulent means. More troubling is the fact that in certain cases, the hidden truth might even include criminal behavior. It is important for any organization to verify information provided by individuals they seek to hire.