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Background check

Does anyone know whether it is possible, as a consumer, to perform a background check on an individual who provides financial services?

Say Mr X works as a financial consultant and claims to have certain academic qualifications and to have worked for certain companies. You're not sure whether this is the truth or a story concocted in order to create a reliable impression. How can you verify this?
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Old 10.05.2011, 14:38
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Re: Background check

Not sure, but you'd be amazed at what googling a name can bring up especially if people are experiencing problems with a certain person or company.

Regarding qualifications you can always ask to see a copy.
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Re: Background check

For work certificates, you can always contact the issuing company.

You could also look at websites such as Xing or even Facebook to get the impression of a person.

You can ask him for his University diplomas although it may be hard to verify authenticity.
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You can ask him for his University diplomas although it may be hard to verify authenticity.
I actually tried that. Asked the university whether the person had graduated and had a degree in the subject they claimed. University said it was confidential.
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Re: Background check

Is this a US University?

There are companies that do background checks on people. Maybe they have ways of verifying this.
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