Corra Group Warns Clients on Increased Phony Education Verification Background Checks

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A significant increase among employment candidates lying about their education has caused Corra Group to advise its clients to practice diligence when verifying college degrees.

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"Job candidates are using any advantage they can to get a leg up against the competition," said Nick Gustavson, Corra Group Co-Founder. "With employment history, they embellish. It’s education where they mostly fabricate."

Corra Group is advising its clients about a notable increase in fraudulent education verification claims. The background checking service believes candidate education verification warrants greater scrutiny as the number of false education claims have increased appreciably.

“We have noticed an uptick in bogus claims, concerning college degrees,” said Corra Group Co-Founder Nick Gustavson. “The economy is still slow and the job market is still pretty tight. Job candidates are using any advantage they can to get a leg up on the competition. With employment history, they embellish. It’s education where they mostly fabricate. Take former CEO of Yahoo, Scott Thompson. He is one of the more sensational examples of people claiming degrees they never obtained.”

Because so many American employers are hiring job candidates who were educated abroad, Corra Group advises recruiters and human resources managers to practice vigilance with international education verification. Some candidates claim graduation when they only attended for a limited time and never obtained a degree. And some claim graduation, but never set foot on the campus.

“Then there are also college degrees from unaccredited schools, which are commonly known as diploma mills,” said Gustavson. “With diploma mills, for a few hundred dollars and at times perfunctory testing, a candidate is given a diploma based on what is termed the candidate’s life experience.”

Gustavson noted that with diploma mills, no sooner is one disbanded than another goes up in its place. “Anders Behring Brevik, the Norwegian mass murderer, ran an online diploma mill out of his home,” said Gustavson. “He made over a million dollars, which he used to finance his terror binge.

“At Corra Group, we verify both domestic and international degrees,” said Gustavson. “We are able to offer education verification background checks for colleges and universities throughout the world. We always stress that when verifying education with international universities, recruiters and employers need to be patient. Schools in certain parts of the world can be slow on the turnaround.”

“Most candidates are honest,” said Gustavson. “But then there are those who digitally modify someone else’s legitimate degree so it appears to be their own. Some just create them from scratch. When an employer hires someone believing they are a bona fide graduate and put that candidate on a project or with a client where the degree is mandatory, then the employer leaves himself open to potential liability.

“We don’t like having to tell our clients that their prize candidate has been lying about his education. It’s awkward and disappointing. But better they know their applicant had lied about his degree than our client risk being discredited by having someone on the job that doesn't belong there.“

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