A blog post by Mark Sugden, Business Development Director specialising in employment screening
Any organisation knows just how important it is to be able to trust the people they employ, and none more so than those working with children or vulnerable individuals. In a recent publication the Disclosure and Barring Service outlined their work with other government agencies to identify and prosecute people who attempt to gain employment using counterfeit documents.
The DBS have worryingly identified people using counterfeit documents to obtain a clear DBS certificate, which is then used to gain employment under a fraudulent name, or to perhaps conceal convictions.
Identity is a key area of expertise for GBG, helping customers to accurately identify their employees and authenticate documents from all over the world, all within a matter of seconds.
GBG’s technologies give customers peace of mind when they are verifying a person’s identity for a criminal record check and establishing a UK Right to Work – both of which are based on government issued, official documents.
GBG’s scanning solution is also linked to the Metropolitan Police Service “Amberhill”, a database of false identities. The wider adoption of document scanning technology across employers will help government build a national database of false identity documents.
Our identity checking solutions help organisations safeguard the people in their care, and protect their organisation from employees seeking to conceal their identity.
Passionate about identity
We’re so passionate about identity we’ve built a ‘Names App’ that allows you to see how unique your name is in the UK. Simply put your name in our app and see how many matches you get against the UK’s Open register. If there’s less than ten matches, you’ll be able to proudly declare you have ‘one of the most unique names in the UK’.
Click here to find out how unique your name is: uknames.gbgplc.com
Common (identity) thieves
At a time when incidents of identity fraud are at an all-time high, protecting your name – regardless of how unique or common it is – has never been more important.
Nick Brown, group managing director at GBG said: “Just because a name isn’t unique does not mean it’s any less valuable to a fraudster. In fact, you may even be at greater risk with a more common name as incidents such as account takeover could potentially be harder to spot. While information such as your name or address may seem of little value, fraudsters can piece together other elements of your identity to set up fake accounts in your name. And the consequences can be dire.
“In the digital age, it’s sadly got to a point that you have to assume your identity will be compromised at some stage. Regardless of whether our name is unique or common, we all have a responsibility to be vigilant and take the necessary steps to protect our personal identity information from falling into the wrong hands.”
Here are three top tips from GBG on how to keep your personal identity safe:
- Be constantly aware: Make sure you know where your name, address, phone number or date of birth are stored online and keep track of where you enter your bank details. Knowing where your information resides is crucial to prevent theft of personal data, or your identity.
- Keep it private: It’s easy for a fraudster to find your pet’s name or your first school online so it’s important that you keep the ‘secret answer’ companies use to identify you exactly that – secret. Check your privacy settings on social networking sites and think before you post online.
- Remember, you are priceless: Your identity opens a lot of doors for fraudsters and closes plenty more for you. From losing money to being turned down for a mortgage, the consequences can be disastrous. Your identity is unique to you and therefore, priceless, regardless of how common your name may be!