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Background Checks – Not Just For Employers

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Across Canada, many companies run background checks on potential employees. The reason why companies run these kinds of background checks is to make sure that the potential candidate has the right skills and a clean criminal record. After all, it’s important to hire the right person for the job.

While many companies across the country run background checks, not all do. In addition, the companies that do run background checks don’t necessarily handle them correctly. Some companies will use Google to see if any information on the person comes up. Other companies will simply lie and say that they run thorough background checks on all hires. In reality, they haven’t run a single background check.

So What?

Well, if an employer hires someone without doing a background check there is the potential for disaster. A school cannot hire anyone with a criminal record, as that employee needs to work with children. When a company brings on a new CEO, the company needs to feel confident that the person acts appropriately on social media. After all, once hired, any and all employees represent the company and have an impact on its brand. The main point is if an employer hires the wrong person for the job, it could lead to more serious problems. The employer could lose money, property, and stocks—not to mention their reputation.

Despite losing time, energy and money, a lot of employers still don’t see the value in running background check. So . . . what happens when you run into a situation where you need to work with someone and you know the company did not run a background check? How can you make sure to keep your and your assets protected?  

Private Investigators & Background Checks

Private investigator agencies provide background checks all the time, and for many reasons. What a private investigator specializes in however, is providing their clients with a thorough, detailed report that highlights any red flags. He or she will do so much more than a quick Internet search. They will dig deep into data, files and records to make sure anyone you work with doesn’t have a troubling past.

A private investigator often runs background checks for the following reasons:

  • Tenant Screening
  • Education & Credential Validation
  • Reference Verification
  • Criminal Background Checks
  • Pre-Employment Screening (with consent)
  • Civil Litigation
  • Bankruptcy Inquiries
  • Credit Check

A private investigator can run background checks for the workplace or privately. If you find yourself in a situation where you need to work with someone and you know they’ve never had a background check, you can turn to a private investigator for help. This is generally known as a private background check service. The individual never has to know that you’ve looked into their history. If a private investigator does find something, you can end the relationship before it really starts to sour.

Private Background Checks: A Surrogacy Situation

The Smith Investigation Agency recently encountered a background check case a little different from the rest. Our client approached us because they wanted to have a surrogate carry their baby. The client had already hired a surrogate through an agency. The problem? That agency didn’t run a background check on the surrogate.

Our client was deeply concerned, and for good reason. They had never met the surrogate before. This stranger would carry their baby to term. How could our client know whether or not this person would be a good surrogate if they didn’t have a background check?

Thorough Background Check: What Does This Really Mean?

For this particular client, our private investigation team ran a thorough background check on the surrogate. In this case, the client wanted to make sure that the surrogate was the right fit. Our team wanted to make sure that we completed a thorough background check to provide our client with the facts. The facts helped our client to make an informed decision about whether or not they wanted to work with the surrogate the agency provided.

When it comes to background checks, a private investigator will search through specific databases, or social media data, make phone calls, or even conduct interviews to build up their report. Some examples of where a private investigator will search include,

  • Social Media
  • Criminal Records
  • Address History
  • Employment History
  • Financial History
  • Hidden Assets
  • Vehicle and License History

Taking Background Checks Seriously

Private investigators can run private background checks for many different reasons. Some clients hire a babysitter for their children and want to make sure he or she has a clean criminal record. In other situations, a client wants to run a background check on their mother’s new boyfriend. He or she just wants to make sure that their parent is with the right person. Our private investigators have even had clients who want to run a background check on their significant other—before they pop the question—just to make sure they really know who they’re proposing to.

Whatever the reason for the request, a good private investigator will always take a background check seriously. He or she will dedicate the time required to look into every (and any) avenue. He or she will also not leave any stone unturned. If there is a red flag, a good private investigator will find it! After all, a private investigator wants their clients to feel safe, and know that they’re making the right decision. In the case of the surrogate and the safety of an unborn child, peace of mind is certainly worth its weight in gold.

Do you need help with a private background check? Our team of experienced private investigators can help. Contact us today: or 1-888-950-4113.

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