NEW FRAUD! Identity theft on the rise in remote job interviews



Identity theft has also infiltrated remote job interviews. The new forms and processes of hiring have passed to the online world and, with them, new forms of deception arise.

In this post we talk about a new type of online fraud on the rise: identity theft during remote job interviews.

What is identity theft in remote interviews?

Identity theft in remote interviews occurs when a user pretends to be another person, either to get a job, to access confidential information, etc.

Recruitment and hiring processes have changed a lot in recent times. Remote jobs have given way to a new type of employee search, in which the entire process is remote.

The need for technical profiles and inefficient security barriers have sharpened the cunning of people accustomed to going through job interviews to sell a new service. In exchange for payment, these “actors” impersonate the identity of the candidates during the selection processes (which constitutes identity fraud).

In countries like the United States there seems to be a market for people with experience in selection processes, who offer identity theft services during interviews. Especially in the technological field, since the demand is high and the difficulty of finding suitable professionals is also high.

That’s why it’s important for companies hiring remotely to make sure who they’re dealing with and that they’re hiring real people (using their own documentation). Otherwise, in the long term, this can cause security risks to the company (in case the fraudulent user has hidden interests), as well as damage to company operations, delays and lost time in training.

How can this fraud be avoided?

Both physically and remotely, hiring processes consume a lot of resources. Therefore, it is important that they go as planned. Having an identity verification solution can help prevent and avoid fraud.

Mainly, because from these steps it is confirmed that the potential employee is using his real identity (and there are no hidden ulterior motives). In addition, it is a preventive solution because it eliminates the chances of candidates assuming false or stolen identities in order to hide information (background, false experience, etc.).

On the other hand, identity verification also acts as a fraud deterrent. “Scammers” or users with illegitimate intentions will not risk being identified and/or held accountable for their actions. That is why it is important to put on notice about this measure, new applicants should know that they have to go through an identity verification as a requirement to access a position.

Our identity verification solution helps companies perform identity verification of their candidates in order to achieve a smooth and secure remote onboarding. Depending on the country and the current regulation, it would be possible to link this identity verification with the comparison of a profile in databases.

If you want us to show you how our identity verification solution works and how it can improve your remote hiring processes, get in touch with us.

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