Solution 39
Background Checks and Vanity Searches

The focus of this document is to give suggestions in the case of fraudulent information being reported on a background check or online information search. If you receive/are told there is information that is not yours DON’T PANIC. Information on a background check or an online search does not mean you are a victim of identity theft. Some background check companies and programs will confuse people with similar names, birth dates, etc. or will lump them together into one file.

Your Rights - The FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act) is the primary federal law regulating employment background checks. Despite its name, the FCRA applies to all employment backgrounds checks conducted by a third party whether they include a credit report or not. See A Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. In addition to the FCRA, there are many other Federal, State, and Local laws and regulations that may impact a particular employment background check. See Background Check Laws & Regulations.

Steps to Take: Make sure you have a print out of the background check or the search results for your records.

You may decide that you wish to pull your own background records. If you do, consult your local police department or the Better Business Bureau for recommendations on a reputable company.

Additional Information:

Individual State Resources ITRC Solution 6 - Criminal Identity Theft ITRC Solution 27 – Fraudulent Work History ITRC Fact Sheet 100 – Financial Identity Theft ITRC Fact Sheet 110 – Criminal Identity Theft (a guide to the crime) ITRC Fact Sheet 126 – Checking Accounts and Check Fraud

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