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Do this to protect your business from education background fraud and job candidates who lie

by , 03 March 2015
Mninwa Mahlangu, South Africa's new ambassador to Washington, DC, is the main actor in an argument that recently erupted because some have said he may have received his distance-learning degree from an unaccredited institution, City Press reports.


As his official short bio, submitted for Mahlangu's first the ambassadorial position shows, he counts a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Fairfax in 1995 among his qualifications.

While there is a legitimate University of Fairfax in Virginia, the Louisiana-based Fairfax University appearson a number of websites listings as "degree mills". These are places where degrees are fraudulently granted.

Nevertheless, the embassy spokesperson Ndumiso Mngadi told City Press that the ambassador was admitted to the programme in August 1991 and was awarded the qualification in May 1995 and that he was not aware of accreditation issues at the time of undertaking the programme.'

This is not a singular case. Over the past few months, we have told you several similar stories That have come to light.  


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You can imagine that for someone looking for a job, lying and using fraud to improve a resume is even more popular.

Have you ever found fraud while browsing through job candidate CVs? Or were you ever unable to tell the truth from the fraud when it came about someone's educational background?

Do you know how to protect yourself and your business from this sort of fraud? We've got some tips to help...


Checking the background and credentials of your potential employee is extremely important!

Use the help of employment screening services in case you don't want your HR officers to consume extra time and energy with this.

Don't take information presented in the resume for granted. Ask the candidate questions about his achieved roles.

Review resumes, cover letters, and employment applications with a skeptical eye. You can no longer take them at face value – if you ever could. Fake academic credentials are on the rise, too.

Check and verify the information regarding education, previous jobs, career changes, salary history etc.

Use the Internet to add more information to what is presented to you.

Also, when possible, check the candidate's credit history and avoid employing anyone who has a poor credit rating or significant financial troubles (too many debts, overloaning etc.).

Make sure you are looking at all these aspects. When it comes to CV fraud, it's better to be safe than sorry!



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