Fraudsters will go to any lengths on paper

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Managed Integrity Evaluation (MIE), a credentials verification services provider in South Africa, says employers should not simply accept any document or paper copies provided by candidates to serve as official proof of anything.

This covers everything from qualifications to a driver?s license, school records, memberships and affiliation to clubs or organisations and personal identification.

Ina van der Merwe, CEO at MIE, says that with fewer job opportunities and an ever-increasing number of job-seekers entering the market, the likelihood of fraud also increases.

"People will go to extraordinary lengths to secure a position or try to advance themselves in their current position, often going to the extent of forging background screening company documents,' explains van der Merwe.

MIE, with input from one of its clients, recently discovered an example of this level of fraud. The client queried the legitimacy of an MIE report that a job applicant had submitted with her CV. On investigation, it was found that the report had been forged and was therefore invalid.

"In addition to a formal, clear presentation, our official reports always feature reference numbers and these always correspond with our database,' van der Merwe adds.

Employers who receive these reports via any other channel other than directly from MIE, can cross-check the reference numbers and also the details of the document with MIE directly to ascertain the validity thereof.

With the current market conditions being what they are, MIE says people in general believe that the more printed documents they have attached to their Curriculum Vitaes (CVs) the better.

However, the reality is that employers have to check and double-check any material submitted and they are encouraged to be suspicious of information contained within these documents, particularly documents that are offered in order to substantiate or prove details.

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