Earning a degree may be easier than ever before, but the unfortunate reality is that many of these degrees do not guarantee the holder’s competence in that domain. Unregistered and unaccredited colleges and institutions around the globe attract individuals to acquire fake certificates. When candidates use fraudulent documents and certificates issued by unaccredited institutions to enter professions that require expertise and qualifications, it is the community that suffers.
To combat the risk of unqualified professionals and fraudulent documents, major organizations, ministries, and government entities across the globe focus on partnering with experts in the ‘verification of credentials’.
DataFlow, as a global Primary Source Verification partner, conducts verification of documents including education certificates, employment and professional licenses to prevent fraudulent applications into critical sectors, benefiting employers and the community and protecting them from unqualified professionals..
Benefits of document verification
If we take the healthcare sector as an example, imagine an unqualified professional holding fake qualifications diagnosing and treating patients. This could lead to misdiagnosis or even death. Now consider the impact of fraudulent documentation in other critical sectors, such as education, engineering and finance.. To protect their reputation and the people they serve, private and public organizations outsource document accreditation to a reliable verification partner such as DataFlow to ensure document screening is conducted to meet the highest standards.
1. Prevent fraudulent professionals serving your community
The most fundamental reason for collaborating with a verification partner is to stop fraudulent applications from entering sensitive and critical sectors. Hundreds of thousands of applications are submitted to the official domain of these organizations, making verifying and checking their authenticity a significant challenge.
To meet this challenge, partnering with an expert in verification enables organizations to have peace of mind that educational certificates, licenses, employment documents, professional experience claims and the accreditation status of education institutes are being checked thoroughly for accuracy and authenticity. By conducting document verification, an organization can ensure that the highest standard of services are maintained with respect to serving the community.
2. Understanding of fraudulent methods
Working in a foreign country is a privilege for many and this becomes a major driving force for many professionals to migrate to other countries. For high risk professions, such as doctors, nurses and engineers, applying for a professional license to practice is the precursor to pursuing new opportunities in a new country. Since the mandatory requirements are different for each country and regulator, there can be temptation to create fake documents to ease entry into these critical professions. A reliable screening partner understands the requirements of government organizations and ministries well, be it for education or employment documents.
It can be hard to identify the different types of fraudulent methods used by professionals. This is where a verification partner can provide guidance and expertise. By detecting and understanding different deceptions, a trusted verification partner can identify authentic applications and pass them to the respective authority by following the industry standards.
3. Deep search
Apart from document verification, a verification partner like DataFlow can also conduct deep research into the accreditation status of the universities and educational institutes from which certificates are issued. There are thousands of diploma mills – organizations that award academic degrees and diplomas with substandard or no academic studies and without academic approval by an officially recognised organisational body or a qualified government agency. A verification partner with a wide network and robust database can verify the status of the educational entities to ensure they are recognised and genuine.