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Examples of Discrepancies
Found on Background Checks

by Glenn Hammer

A common question is "What comes up in a background check?" Listed below are examples of some of the issues that come up on background checks.

County Civil Record Check:
  • Cases

County Criminal Record Check:
  • Active warrants
  • Felonies, misdemeanors, or infractions
  • Pending cases still in process
  • Diversion in process

Credit Check:
  • Charged-off accounts
  • Collection accounts
  • Delinquent accounts
  • Public-record bankruptcies, judgments, liens, or foreclosures

Education Verification:
  • No record of individual found
  • No record of degree or certification

Employment History Verification:
  • No record of individual found
  • No or Maybe on rehire
  • Salary differs
  • Dates of employment differ
  • Job title differs substantially

Federal Criminal Record Check:
  • Active warrants
  • Felonies, misdemeanors, or infractions
  • Pending cases still in process
  • Diversion in process

Global Homeland Security Search:
  • Name match

License Verification:
  • No license found
  • License expired, revoked, or suspended

Medicaid Sanctions:
  • Cases

Motor Vehicle Report:
  • No record of individual found
  • No license found
  • License expired, revoked, or suspended
  • Violations

'Nationwide' Criminal Database Check:
  • Name match

National Wants and Warrants:
  • Active warrants

Professional Reference Check:
  • Contact does not remember applicant
  • Contact does not recommend applicant for the position

Sex Offender Registry Check:
  • Name match

'Statewide' Criminal Records Check:
  • Name match

Social Security Number Scan:
  • SSN not issued by the Social Security Administration
  • SSN assigned to a person reported as deceased by the Social Security Administration
  • SSN matches an SSN reported as suspicious or having been used in fraud
  • SSN may have been issued in error
  • Address matches an address reported as suspicious or used in fraud
  • Telephone number matches telephone number reported as suspicious or used in fraud
  • Consumer statement on file indicating consumer has been victim of fraud
  • Name/DOB varies from the information provided by the applicant

Workers' Compensation History:
  • Cases

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About the Author: Glenn Hammer is a consultant and speaker on Employment Background Checks. He is founder and President of A Matter of Fact, a California-based employment background check firm. www.amof.info

Note: This information is for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional legal advice.