ID check discrepancies at an all-time high.

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The trend of increasing discrepancies in background screenings continues to rise for a 2nd consecutive quarter with 60% of screenings undertaken by HireRight in EMEA during Q2 2013 containing at least one inaccuracy or lie.

Q2 2013 also revealed all-time highs in the discrepancy rate on professional membership and qualification verifications (35% of these checks had inaccuracies, a 7% increase on Q1), education verifications (31% of these checks had inaccuracies, a 13% increase on Q1) and directorship checks (17% of these checks had inaccuracies, a 0.7% increase on Q1). However inaccuracies on employment verifications have decreased slightly on the previous quarter to 29% (a 4% fall).

Discrepancies on ID checks rose at the fastest rate to reach an all-time high. Between April and June 2013, HireRight undertook in excess of 14,000 ID checks in EMEA and the amount of discrepancies found on these checks had more than doubled in the last quarter (127% increase).

ID theft and identity misrepresentation is a growing problem and HireRight’s alarming findings are mirrored in other studies. CIFAS, the UK’s fraud prevention service, report identity theft to be the fastest growing type of fraud in the UK. According to figures published by CIFAS in June, nearly 96,000 confirmed frauds were recorded through CIFAS during the first five months of 2013, of which 60,000 cases had a victim of identity crime, including 46,000 victims of impersonation (where an individual’s identity details were used by a fraudster to open a new bank account in his or her name). 

ID check discrepancies are typically when there is mismatch between the information shown on the passport and the detail contained in the passport algorithm. This can occasionally occur when a passport has being issued by an embassy outside of the home country rather than from the passport office, but can also indicate the presentation of fake id or forged documents.

An ID document check remains the fundamental cornerstone of a background screening check, as failure to verify that the person you intend to screen is indeed who you think they are could make any subsequent background checks worthless if they are using a false or stolen identity.


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