I’m seeing someone else’s name on a completed background check


While the appearance of other names on a background check report can be alarming, it is actually a common occurrence.

There are several common scenarios wherein a user’s name may appear alongside other names:

  • The user entering information into the database typed something incorrectly.
  • The user entering information into the database associated a name with a wrong social security number.
  • At some point in time, the other person(s) listed on the report incorrectly used or incorrectly entered a social security number that matches the user’s (usually by accident).

A less common circumstance is fraud. If you have reason to believe fraud has occurred, consider advising the user to undertake a free credit check and contact the primary credit bureaus (Equifax, Transunion, Experian) to resolve the matter.


If you see other names and do not see the user’s name, learn more here.

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