Years ago, we had an incident with an applicant with the last name of “Bradshaw”. This applicant persuaded friends to pose as former employers, so when anyone called for a reference they spoke to people paid to pose as former bosses, not the actual V.P.’s the applicant claimed to work for. “Bradshaw” also paid a receptionist from a former company to verify titles of individuals falsely claiming to work for the company. We have implemented companywide training, coaching, and re-vamped our processes for checking references, establishing new guidelines to eliminate risk to our clients. The process may be more time-intensive, but it saves our client companies from hiring someone with fraudulent references. Our proprietary method, our client’s investment protected.