Identity fraud is on the rise, fake documents are on the rise, it is now harder for companies to spot the real from fake, at the same time there is a growing concern from job applicants about how they best protect their identity. With the rise in digital there are more solutions around to help employers check whether documents are valid or not, although there is a lack of consistency in terms of what documents are being asked for and at what part of the hiring process they are being requested.

The Better Hiring Institute is calling for more standardised approaches to what documents are checked, how they are checked, and when they are checked. The Better Hiring Institute is also working with the UK Identity Fraud Advisory (UKIFA) to support business and protect work seekers from identity theft.


The UK Identity Fraud Advisory (UKIFA) exists to protect individuals from identity fraud and to help business identify fake identity documents.

As part of the recruitment process, organisations collect copies of original documents to verify candidate details such as identity and proof of address. There are many fake documents in circulation and websites offering to create fake documents, therefore vigilance is required. An excellent source of free help and advice for organisations is The UK Identity Fraud Advisory (UKIFA)

If you are using an employee screening company it is worth ensuring they are using UKIFA on your behalf.


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