Irvine, CA (PRWEB) March 23, 2009
ProtectMyId.com, a leading Identity Theft solution, describes key ways background checks may lead to Identity theft. Background checks on new hires are more popular than ever. In fact, in some states and for some professions, they're actually a legal requirement. But corporations aren't the only ones running background checks these days. From families concerned about the quality of their child care to singles worried who they're dating, anyone can run a background check on anybody, anytime they want.
The internet is full of Background Checking services, all offering to provide you with the information you seek. These checks come in all shapes and sizes, but to run a thorough background check, it takes written consent from the individual in question. This allows individuals or companies access to the following information:
- Resume and Employment verification
- Social Security Number verification
- Criminal Record checks
- Department of Motor Vehicles
- Civil Court Records
- Worker's Compensation
- Credit Report
- Sexual Offenders Databases
Without permission, companies can only gather information through public records and other open sources, so theoretically the most critical information should remain private. But unfortunately, this won't stop scam artists and thieves from trying to get their hands on consumers personal data. They have many means of committing identity fraud, including the use of online recruitment scams. Rising unemployment, have made these scams very popular and most job seekers scouring the Internet for employment opportunities don't realize they can make a bad situation even worse, by simply responding to a want ad. Here's how it works:
Consumers receive an email from a company who found your resume online. They have an immediate opening for someone with their talents and will urge them to log on to their site and apply for the position. Next, they'll inform the consumer that it's company policy to do a background check and they'll need date of birth, Social Security Number, Drivers License Number and even Bank Account Numbers to start the process. This is everything a scam artist needs to steal a person's identity.
It's disturbing that people can prey on the desperation of others in such ways, but the fact remains we all need to be more vigilant about protecting ourselves from identity fraud. Be cautious. Never give information out to anybody without diligently researching them first.
ProtectMyID.com is a leading, full-service provider of proactive identity theft detection, protection and fraud resolution. ProtectMyID.com offers comprehensive identity theft protection products supported by experienced identity theft resolution professionals who deliver personal attention that customers can rely on. ProtectMyID.com is a Web site owned by ConsumerInfo.com Inc., an Experian company. For more information about how ProtectMyID.com helps consumers protect themselves against identity theft, please visit ProtectMyID.com