General Information Services (GIS) Background Check Errors? We Help You Fight Back

Last Updated:
September 18, 2023

As we go about our daily lives, we often trust that the information being shared about us is accurate and up-to-date. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case, especially when it comes to background checks. General Information Services (GIS) background check errors can have significant consequences on your personal and professional life. 

At Fair Credit, we understand the importance of accuracy in background checks, and we are here to help fight back against GIS errors. By engaging in a proper dispute process, you can ensure that your rights are respected, and any errors are corrected as quickly as possible.

What Is a GIS Background Check?

A GIS background check is a comprehensive screening process conducted by General Information Services, one of the leading background check providers in the United States. GIS checks are used by employers, landlords, and other entities to assess an individual’s suitability for a job, housing, or other opportunities. 

These checks typically include verifying personal information, criminal history, employment history, education, and other relevant records.

Types of GIS Background Checks

There are several types of GIS background checks, each designed to serve specific purposes and provide valuable insights into an individual’s background. Some of the most common types include:

  • Criminal Background Checks

These checks focus on an individual’s criminal history, including arrests, convictions, and other related records. This helps employers and landlords assess the potential risk posed by an individual.

  • Employment Verification Checks

These checks verify an individual’s employment history, including job titles, dates of employment, and reasons for leaving. This information helps employers confirm a candidate’s work experience and ensure that they possess the necessary skills and qualifications for the job.

  • Education Verification Checks

These checks confirm an individual’s educational background, including degrees, diplomas, and certifications. This helps employers and landlords ensure that an applicant has the required education for a particular job or rental property.

  • Credit History Checks

These checks provide information on an individual’s credit history, including payment history, outstanding debts, and bankruptcy records. This information is particularly useful for landlords to assess a prospective tenant’s financial stability and ability to pay rent on time.

  • Motor Vehicle Records Checks

These checks provide information on an individual’s driving history, including license status, traffic violations, and accident records. This is especially important for employers hiring for positions that involve driving.

Any number of these checks may be included in a background check conducted by GIS. Depending on the place of employment, the type of background check may be more or less extensive.

Why Are GIS Background Checks Important?

GIS background checks are vital for several reasons. They help employers make informed decisions about potential hires, ensuring that they select individuals with the right qualifications and who pose minimal risk to their organizations. 

This not only protects the company’s reputation but also promotes a safe and secure working environment for all employees.

Landlords, on the other hand, rely on these checks to screen prospective tenants, ensuring that they are responsible and can reliably pay rent. By screening potential tenants, landlords can reduce the likelihood of property damage, late rent payments, and even eviction proceedings.

Furthermore, GIS background checks contribute to safer communities by preventing individuals with a history of criminal activity or other red flags from securing jobs or housing in which they could pose a risk to others. Overall, these background checks play a crucial role in maintaining the safety and security of our workplaces and communities.

Common GIS Background Check Errors

Now that we know what GIS background checks are and their importance, let’s discuss some common errors that can occur during the process. These errors can lead to adverse consequences for individuals who may be denied job opportunities or housing due to incorrect information.

Mistaken Identity

One of the most common errors in GIS background checks is mistaken identity. This occurs when the wrong person’s records are attributed to you due to similarities in names, Social Security numbers, or other personal information. 

This can result in criminal records or negative information that doesn’t belong to you being included in your background check report.

Outdated or Inaccurate Information

Another common error is the inclusion of outdated or inaccurate information in your GIS background check. This can occur when records have not been updated or when incorrect information is reported to the background check provider. 

Examples include criminal records that have been expunged or sealed, incorrect employment or education details, and inaccurate credit history.

Incomplete Records

Incomplete records can also lead to errors in your GIS background check. This happens when certain information is missing from your report, potentially painting an incomplete picture of your background. For example, a criminal record might be included, but the report doesn’t mention that the charges were dismissed or that you were acquitted.

How Fair Credit Can Help You Fight Back

Now that we’ve explored the common errors in GIS background checks, let’s look at how Fair Credit can help you fight back and ensure that your information is accurate.

Reviewing and Identifying Errors

The first step in fighting back against GIS background check errors is to review your report and identify any inaccuracies or discrepancies. Fair Credit can help you obtain a copy of your report, review it thoroughly, and pinpoint any potential errors.

Disputing Errors with GIS

Once you’ve identified errors in your GIS background check, Fair Credit can help you dispute these inaccuracies with General Information Services. This involves submitting a formal dispute, providing any necessary documentation to support your claim, and following up with GIS to ensure that the errors are corrected.

Monitoring Your Background Check Information

In addition to disputing errors, Fair Credit can help you monitor your background check information and ensure that it remains accurate over time. By staying proactive and keeping a close eye on your background check reports, you can detect any new errors or discrepancies before they cause issues.

Educating You on Your Rights

It’s crucial to understand your rights when it comes to background checks and reporting errors. Fair Credit educates its customers on the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and other relevant laws that protect consumers from inaccurate or incomplete information in their background checks.

Knowing your rights can empower you to take control of your information and hold background check providers accountable. Of course, handling such disputes on your own can often prove challenging and aggravating. That’s when it pays to have the professional advocates at Fair Credit on your side. 

Support Through the Entire Process

At Fair Credit, we understand that disputing errors and navigating the complex world of background checks can be daunting. That’s why we offer support throughout the entire process, from obtaining your report to disputing errors and monitoring your information.

Our team of experts is here to guide you every step of the way, providing personalized advice and assistance tailored to your specific situation.

Taking Control of Your Background Check Information

GIS background check errors can have far-reaching consequences on your personal and professional life. However, by partnering with Fair Credit, you can fight back against these errors and regain control of your reputation. 

From identifying and disputing inaccuracies to monitoring your background check information and educating you on your rights, Fair Credit is dedicated to helping you navigate this complex process and ensuring that your background check report accurately reflects who you are. 

Don’t let background check errors hold you back – reach out to Fair Credit today and start taking control of your information.

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