Smarter background checks today,

for running a better workforce tomorrow


How do you know when a potential employee’s credentials are too good to be true?

In a competitive job market, candidates may bend the truth in an effort to stand out. Can you verify their education, training, work experience and other résumé claims? How can you be certain of the integrity, background and personal history of each candidate?
CRI Group is here to help. With a wide network of experts spanning the globe, EmploySmart (our pre- and post-employment background screening services) gathers information that traditional screening services cannot. And in response to recent “diploma mill” scandals, we scrutinize education degrees to ensure they are accredited and legitimate.

EmploySmart Solutions

  • Address checks and physical verifications
  • International criminal record checks
  • Litigation record checks
  • Employment verification
  • Education and credential verification
  • Reference verifications
  • Local-language media/public domain searches
  • Credit and financial history verification
  • Integrity diligence  checking
  • Compliance and regulatory checks
  • Identity documentation  verification
  • Immigration status verification
  • Bankruptcy research

How widespread is degree fraud?

A recent, high-profile case should serve as a warning to employers worldwide. Axact, a software company, was exposed for selling fake academic degrees through more than 370 diploma mill websites. According to The New York Times, Axact had more than 2,000 employees, some of whom pretended to be educational officials and worked in shifts to keep the company open 24 hours per day.

Many of Axact’s fake universities had fully functional websites. Many of these non-existent universities and colleges had Western-sounding names, like Columbiana University and Queen City University, while a few of them sounded Middle Eastern, like Al Khaleej University and Al Arab University.

Unqualified employees pose a serious risk to your business. With EmploySmart, our background screening experts scrutinize educational degrees and credentials, verifying their authenticity and legitimacy.

Can you afford to let degrees and credentials go unchecked? 

Contact CRI Group today.

EmploySmart: Exceeding Client Expectations is the CRI Mission • Rapid turnaround time
• Responsive to client needs
• Affordable pricing
• Global expertise and coverage
• High level of client satisfaction
• Strict privacy and security policies
• Access to primary source data
• Legal compliance


Approximate losses of a bad hire due to severance pay, training, wasted human resources time, search firm fees, loss of productivity and impact on employee morale.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor.

Other CRI Group Services

• Risk management consulting
• Corporate intelligence
• Investigative due diligence
• Fraud risk investigations
• Fraud & white-collar crime investigations
• Insurance fraud investigations
• Corporate security consulting
• Anti-money laundering consulting
• Business intelligence & investigations
• Forensic accounting & investigations
• Skip tracing & debt collections
• Intellectual property (IP) investigations

Contact us today

Zafar I. Anjum, MSc, CFE, CIS, MICA, Int. Dip.

(Fin. Crime), CII, MIPI

Group Chief Executive Officer

Corporate Research and Investigations LLC

Tel: +971 4 3589884

Mobile (UAE): +971 50 9038184

Mobile (UK): +44 7588 454959

Email: zanjum@CRIGroup.com CRIGroup.com
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About CRI Group

Corporate Research and Investigations LLC is a global supplier of employee background screening, forensic accounting, business due diligence and investigative services for some of the world’s leading business organizations. A licensed and incorporated entity of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), CRI safeguards businesses by establishing the legal compliance, financial viability, and integrity levels of outside partners, suppliers and customers seeking to affiliate with your business.




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