Social Security Verifications May Help Background Checks

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Instant People Check, LLC, a criminal background checking company since 2002, shows the advantages of its NationwidePlus background check that includes a Social Security Verification.

Our NationwidePlus has uncovered Social Security data that was stolen, falsified and used from deceased persons. People using this service were also alerted to identity theft as other names were attached to their Social Security number.

Instant People Check’s service, the NationwidePlus, now offers consumers and businesses one of the most complete criminal background checks available on the Internet. In addition to its popular National Instant Background Check, the NationwidePlus adds a Social Security Verification and federal check. This service can help strengthen the accuracy of a background check.

According to a 2010 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management, nearly one in four adults (an estimated 65 million people) in the U.S. have a criminal record and approximately 73 percent of major employers across the country usually conduct pre-employment criminal background checks.

In recent months, there have been stories that have made national headlines where individuals were fired or denied employment due to inaccurate criminal background checks. According to Instant People Check, LLC co-owner David Moulder, “it’s not a perfect system, but most criminal records are accurate. The ‘inaccurate’ records generally result from a lack of due diligence and exactness in the criminal background check process from start to finish. If criminal data is questionable, then companies should look into all available resources to verify the record, including a Social Security verification, which is Instant People Check’s policy.”

Many individuals may be unaware that criminal data is public record. Most criminal background checks are only executed with a provided name and date of birth. There are number of individuals sharing a common name, which increases the possibility of finding criminal records with the same name and date of birth that belong to another individual. Social Security numbers are not public record and are not used as an identifier for criminal records due to the potential risk of fraud and identity theft.

Social Security data from the Social Security Administration is not available to businesses. However, credit information does contain a Social Security number, which Instant People Check can access. Moulder says, “the information from Social Security Verifications have been extremely beneficial to potential employers. The data helps to verify the name on the background check. Also, our NationwidePlus has uncovered Social Security data that was stolen, falsified and used from deceased persons. People using this service were also alerted to identity theft as other names were attached to their Social Security number.”

The NationwidePlus background check requires manual, rather than instant processing by Instant People Check. This is to ensure the security of the Social Security number to prevent fraud or identity theft.

Moulder continues, “employers should use careful analysis when receiving background check results. Many companies prefer the NationwidePlus complete background check over an instant national background check to insure the best results. With the impact that a criminal record can have on a person’s opportunity, we should all be absolutely cautious and educated when it comes to using them for making critical decisions.”

Since 2002, http://www.InstantPeopleCheck.com has provided individuals and businesses with thousands of extensive background checks from one of the most comprehensive databases in the industry. They have over a billion searchable criminal records that are available.

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