How a Background Check Can Save Your Life

Do you know your doctor?

When you’re sick, you put your health in the hands of your doctor. He or she went through years of specialized schooling and training so that they can accurately diagnose and treat you. But when you go into the doctor’s office, you are actually walking into a room with a stranger and trusting your well being to them. They do a good job, most of the time. But a Yale Journal of Medicine and Law article reported over 86,000 medical malpractice suits in the year 2000. While this number is lower than it has been in the past, and not all cases actually turn out to be legitimate, malpractice does happen. Looking into your doctor’s criminal, financial, and international records might turn up key insights to their personality that could save your life.

Never take a leap of faith with a stranger again

Building a professional relationship is a process that takes time. Building trust takes even longer. But approaching deadlines don’t always give you the time you need to get to know someone. Running a quick background check can help you avoid taking the following unnecessary risks.

  • Risk: When you’re looking for a tenant to fill a rental unit, you don’t always have time to get to know them. If you’re forced to settle on a candidate you don’t entirely trust, you’re putting hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of property at stake.
  • Solution: A background check will reveal if they’ve been habitually late with their rent, or if they’ve ever been evicted before.

  • Risk: When you let a new roommate move in, you’re trusting them with access to your personal possessions and putting yourself in a very vulnerable position.
  • Solution: Investigating a potential roommate’s personal history with a background check will turn up criminal convictions and clues to questionable personality traits.

Keep Your Life… Yours

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), up to 9 million Americans are victims of identity theft per year. Identity thieves get their victims’ personal information by digging through the trash, phishing scams on websites and through email, and by simply lifting your wallet out of your pocket. Most people cancel their credit cards soon after realizing their wallet has been stolen to prevent identity theft. But how do you know someone hasn’t been looking through all the junk mail credit card offers that you throw away every week? Those offers often have numbers associated with your name and address that identity thieves can use to start impersonating you. Regularly running a background check on yourself is the best way of catching thieves before they do serious damage to your finances, credit scores, and online identity.

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