• Haste Makes Waste – and Bad Hires
    Due diligence critical when conducting background checks

    by Cindy Cathcart, Canadian HR Reporter, June 2009

    Everyone has heard the same horror story: A company hiring a candidate who seems to be the perfect fit rushes a basic background check — confirming education and references — and since everything seems fine, goes ahead with the hire.
    But it quickly becomes evident the new employee does not have the skills claimed on the resumé. Suspicions arise around the hire’s behaviours and skills and other employees express concerns about breaches of client-sensitive information. Read More
  • Phony Degree Scam Exposed
    Temptation to become an 'instant grad' fuels this man's busy trade in finely forged diplomas

    by Dale Brazao, The Star, Dec 2008

    For $3,000, Peng Sun can turn anyone into an instant graduate from the most prestigious universities in the country.
    For another $1,000, he'll provide authentic-looking transcripts for the dozens of classes you never attended.
    All you need is a bundle of cash and the nerve to meet him in a parking lot somewhere in the GTA. In return you will get a forged university degree virtually indistinguishable from the real thing. Read More
  • Fake Degree Costs Woman Articling Job on Bay St.
    Law-school marks also inflated, employer finds

    by Dale Brazao, The Star, Dec 2008

    A promising law student has become the first casualty of the bogus degree scam exposed by the Star.
    Quami Frederick, 28, has quit the Bay St. law firm where she was to article after graduating in the spring.
    A Star investigation found she had bought her undergraduate degree from a diploma mill.
    Frederick not only used fake transcripts from St. George's University in Grenada to get into Osgoode Hall in 2006, her marks earned at the law school were inflated on transcripts she tendered to law firm Wildeboer Dellelce LLP. Read More

  • Risky References
    Job candidates have long been known to do whatever it takes to land a job, but today's tight job market is pushing some to extremes, including using "fake reference" job sites.

    by Michael O'Brien , Human Resource Executive Online, April 2010

    Ana Gabriela Alvarez has long known job candidates are prone to embellish, and even outright lie, when it comes to getting their feet in the doors for good jobs. What she didn't realize until just recently was the lengths to which some candidates will go to secure a job in this troubled economy.
    Alvarez, a recruiter with Coral Gables, Fla.-based executive-recruitment firm Nason & Nason, recalls a recent occasion when she was recruiting for a loan-documentation position for an unnamed bank client.
    After briefly interviewing one particular candidate over the phone in order to make sure he had the right experience, she sent his resume and credentials along to the client. Sensing a possible fit, the client immediately asked her to perform the routine background checks, which included calling his submitted references.
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