A longtime client asked us to verify an current young employee who was getting promoted and transferred inside the corporation. This employee was expected to update her important information on an application kind. On the kind she indicated that she had a PhD in international human sources from Oxford University – THE Oxford in the UK. The employer believed that it was odd that she did not mention that when she applied for a $7 an hour ad sales job two years earlier. The client asked us to verify it out.

They faxed more than the information and I took a appear at the application and inside a handful of seconds I knew that the applicant was lying. I referred to as the client and told them that I would save them the price tag of an international verify, “I know she’s lying.” I mentioned. “How can you inform?” they asked. “Simply because she mentioned that she attended Lady Margaret Hall (college) at Oxford and she spelled Margaret incorrect. Any individual with a PhD from Oxford would not spell the name of the college incorrect. Of course we went by means of the motions and referred to as Oxford and we identified that LMH does not present human resource degrees. She need to have picked one more college at Oxford to lie about. Assume about this one particular. She currently had the promotion, and she nonetheless lied.

The Nanny From Uganda

This one particular occurred just not too long ago. A lady from New York referred to as and asked if we could do a criminal verify on a man from Uganda that she was organizing to employ as a nanny for her infant youngster. I asked her, “Why?” She asked me what I meant by why? I told her, “Why on earth would you employ somebody from a spot exactly where there is no rule of law, exactly where any criminal verify I could acquire is not worth the paper it is written on and exactly where this particular person is from a area of the planet that is the house of AIDS. “What are you considering?” I asked. I was getting polite. I definitely believed she was out of her thoughts. Now, I know that what I mentioned was not politically appropriate, but it is the truth. She mentioned, “Perhaps you are proper.” I got the feeling that I was the 1st sensible, sensible particular person that she had spoken to on the topic. I need to have charged her for the avuncular assistance rather of the criminal verify, but hey, I am a good guy.

The Pool Digger

A fellow from a regional pool corporation ordered a verify on an employee that he had currently hired and place to function digging pools with a backhoe. At the time, our workplace was in Temecula, California and the new employee was digging pools in Palm Springs which is about two hours away. It took a couple of days to get the hand searched records from Utah exactly where the worker had previously lived and to our astonishment the employee was wanted for escaping from jail in a rural county in Utah. He was also a registered sex offender in Utah. It is essential to note that this occurred in 1995 ahead of we have been making use of the net. All the things was performed by telephone and fax and was considerably slower.

I referred to as the client proper away with the major news. Now ordinarily, we present the information and facts and it is the client’s duty to act on it. In this case I supplied to figure out what the client need to do with this “harmful” employee. I asked an assistant of mine if her husband, who was a Riverside County Deputy Sheriff, could drive to Palm Springs and arrest him. We identified out that it does not function that way. They have to serve a warrant from the jurisdiction in Utah and that could take days. I believed the deputy could get an “further credit” or a thing for arresting a wanted poor guy. I guess I watch also considerably Television.

I referred to as the District Attorney’s workplace of that county in Utah, but there was no answer to my contact. I then referred to as the Sheriff’s workplace in that county and talked to the Sheriff. (Assume Andy of Mayberry right here.) I told him that I referred to as the DA’s workplace, but there was no answer. He told me that they have been all out fishing. I asked him if he knew the pool digger and he mentioned that he did. I mentioned, “Properly come and get him. He’s in Palm Springs. I will get the address for you.” To which he replied, “We never want him. If he’s in Palm Springs he ain’t bothering no one right here.” “You can not do that,” I mentioned. “The hell I can not,” he mentioned. He then proceeded to inform me that they have been a tiny county and that the extradition would take a mountain of paperwork, (which he was not inclined to do) then they would have to send somebody to California to choose-up the prisoner, haul his sorry a** back to Utah then the county would have to spend to preserve him in jail for the subsequent handful of years. In truth, he was carrying out the county a major favor and saving them a bundle of funds by not finding him.

Meanwhile my client, the pool corporation, is in a panic. Recall that this is ahead of we have been on the net. I got directory help and identified the Utah County’s only bail bondsman. I referred to as and asked if they have been hunting for this pool digger. They have been. The bail bondsman in Utah asked for the address exactly where the pool digger was operating and mentioned, “We’ll have some guys choose him up in about two hours.”

I can not inform you how several instances that the story above has been instructional to me. It is the epitome of government vs. private sector. Government moves glacially slow at good expense with mountains of paperwork, even though the private sector gets the job performed greater, more quickly, less costly.

The Wanted Murderer

We did a criminal verify for a client that hired dozens of men and women per month. The client operated a contact center and we swiftly discovered that for some cause telemarketers have a disproportionate quantity of criminal records compared to the basic population. Picture that.

The record came back for an applicant that we have been checking and low and behold, the particular person was wanted in Los Angeles County for murder. I referred to as the client proper away to inform her. She mentioned that it was odd that I referred to as at that moment since he, the applicant, was waiting in the outer workplace to see her. She was actually afraid.

I referred to as the police in her town and explained the scenario and they told me to inform the client that it would take a even though to method the warrant that she need to stall him and let him go house, considering that he would start off function in a couple of days and that they would arrest him at house more than the weekend so as not to place any one in danger at the client’s workplace. By the way the police had to ask me for the man’s address so they could go and arrest him.

The Ballistic Nurse

This occurred on the day of the bloody glove in the OJ Simpson trial, June 15, 1995, a day I will usually try to remember.

We have been background checking a nurse for a hospital in Southern California. The LA County Superior Court sent us incorrect criminal information and facts on the criminal search. They did a name search, but did not cross verify date of birth or Social Safety quantity and reported that the topic of our criminal verify was a drug dealing prostitute who had quite a few arrests and convictions. We subsequently reported this incorrect information and facts to our client. (FYI: this is the only documented case of my corporation creating a error in a criminal history report.) When the nurse applicant had her present of employment rescinded she went ballistic. The client later told me that he was screaming, ranting, raving, cursing and threatening lawsuits on every person.

We promptly reinvestigated the records and swiftly identified the error. Nevertheless, even even though we have been incorrect, the client did not want to employ the nurse. She had shown her “correct colors” by ranting and raving and screaming. She had been escorted out by safety and in no uncertain terms, they did not want her in the hospital ever once more. The client asked us if there wasn’t a thing else we could locate to give them legal terms to rescind her present of employment. We dug a tiny deeper and identified that she had in truth stretched her record of employment to cover a 90 day employment at one more hospital exactly where she was fired. Simply because she lied by omission on her application the present was rescinded.


Let me say 1st off that I have usually wanted to do a background verify in Timbuktu just so that I could truthfully say that we have checked out men and women everywhere from Temecula to Timbuktu. This occurred just a couple of weeks ago and prompted the writing of this post. A gentleman emailed and asked if we could verify out a particular person and his corporation in Timbuktu, Mali in West Africa.

If you are not familiar with Timbuktu, it is a genuine spot on the south west edge of the Sahara Desert and certainly one particular of the most remote areas on earth. Assume French Foreign Legion desert outpost with camel caravans passing by means of. I study someplace that it not too long ago boasted of 400 telephones and two net lines. Wow!

I told the client that considering the fact that we have by no means performed something in Mali that I would have to verify and see what is readily available and how extended it would take, and so forth. I am one particular of the handful of authorities in the USA on international background checks. Persons speak to me all the time asking how to get records from far away areas. When, even I can not figure out how to get records from someplace I contact the regional US embassy in that nation. We can normally figure factors out from there.

I can not say something much more particular about this case, but I can say that we have been surprisingly in a position to get top quality information and facts swiftly and uncovered one more West African net scam involving gold dust and possibly saved the client tens of thousands of dollars.

The Superior Looke One particular client ordered a criminal and a credit verify on each and every new employee. We did a verify on a new employee and about a month later that employee referred to as me and mentioned that she was the new Human Sources Director. She was going more than the policies and procedures and wanted to ask me about background checks. She asked me if carrying out a credit report was worth the price and “What can you definitely inform from a credit report?”

I mentioned, “Let me inform you about you.” I was carrying out this purely by memory from her report a month earlier. I mentioned, “You are single, around 31 years old, you are a college graduate, you are from New England initially, you reside in a rented condo, you drive a modestly priced Toyota or Nissan and you are single and great hunting.” She mentioned, “Now wait a minute how can you inform all that? I explained that most of it was educated guessing on my component, but I saw no spouse listed, I saw student loans, a SS# that began with 1, auto loans and the numbers on her address told me that she lived in a condo. “What about the great hunting component?” she asked, “There is no way you can inform that from a credit report.” I mentioned that I noticed that she had a credit card with a $1000 line of credit at Victoria’s Secret and I know that, as a rule, ugly girls never shop there as a result you have to be great hunting.