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'Staggering' trade of diploma mills revealed

A BBC Radio 4’s File on Four program investigation found a “staggering” trade in worthless diploma mill degrees from Axact, a Pakistani firm claiming to be the “world’s largest IT company” that operated a network of hundreds of fake online universities. Buyers include NHS consultants, nurses and a large defense contractor. One British buyer spent almost £500,000…

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MBA programs see increase in applicant background verification

It is becoming more and more common for higher education programs and schools to conduct background checks on its applicants. However, unlike schools that want to confirm students’ criminal histories, these business school programs are more interested in whether its applicants are being honest on their applications. Depending on the school or MBA program, employment…

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Va. legislators investigating updating background checks on college students, transfer students

In light of the kidnapping of a University of Virginia student, Hannah Graham, the state’s lawmakers are considering re-vamping the process for conducting background checks not only on the state’s university students, but also how they handle students that transfer from one university to another within the state. Jesse Matthew Jr., a former football player…

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Questions to ask during an employment or education background check

It has been a while since we’ve focused on the hiring process specifically, but in light of a major incident of resume fraud, it’s a good time to take a look at your business’ employment, reference and education background check processes and make sure you’re asking the right questions when presented with a new candidate…

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Don’t be bamboozled by resume fraud

fired a state drug lab analyst who did not have the chemistry degree her resume claimed. The department says that she underwent a pre-employment background screening, but the falsification was not caught. Which begs the question, if a background check doesn’t turn up anything, how can you be sure that the people you hire have…

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Ecuador Central Bank governor resigns over fake degree

The governor of the Central Bank of Ecuador has resigned after admitting that he lied about having a degree in economics. Pedro Delgado apologized for providing false information when he applied to a business school more than 20 years ago. He finished his masters degree there, but the business school – Incae – discovered he’d…

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How to perform employment checks in North Carolina

levels at a high in the Tar Heel State, employment checks in North Carolina become an even more stringent part of the pre-employment process. If you’re an employer in North Carolina (or in any state for that matter), here are a few simple steps for how to get started. With unemployment relatively high in North Carolina,…

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Avoid hiring unproductive employees once and for all

Listen up employers, CEO’s and business owners, here are three sure-fire ways to improve your business productivity and profits: Verify work and education history It is critically important for any company to determine whether the information a job applicant provides is genuine, by instituting a verification process. Whether it’s their work history or their education…

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FCC warns background check mobile apps may be illegal

Employment checks in North Carolina faced a potential hurdle this week as the Federal Trade Commission said it sent letters to six unidentified mobile applications makers warning them that their background screening apps may be violating federal statutes. Specifically the FTC said if the app makers have reason to believe their background reporting apps are being used for employment screening, housing,…

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