Don’t Open Your Door to This Salesman

Nick Fishman

Background Checks

I don’t know about you, but I don’t often find salesmen at my door anymore. However, this frightening occurrence near San Antonio might make you think twice if someone does knock on your door.

In a neighborhood in Rogers Ranch, Lauren (no last name provided) was harassed by a man claiming that he was selling magazine subscriptions. The man, Justin Mahoney, also claimed he worked for Tower of Power Sales Inc, which according to KENS 5 in San Antonio, does not exist, nor has it ever existed. According to Lauren, Mahoney received her name from a neighbor and then began yelling for her to come to the door. She eventually chased him off her property.

Lauren spent some time after this experience searching for information via a background check she conducted online. She didn’t find all of his information but she found his mug shot from an arrest in Florida as well as information on other convictions. KENS 5 also reported that Mahoney has “felony convictions in Ohio and Florida for crimes ranging from forgery to grand theft auto.”

Needless to say, this man was not only going to door-to-door “selling” magazine subscriptions, but used a name for a company that does not exist. So while this story is not a case of an employer failing to conduct a thorough background check, it’s important to consider that there are criminals desperate enough to falsify employment in order to gain access to your home or personal information. And like Lauren, gathering and reporting any suspicious activity is essential so that someone like Mahoney won’t continue with schemes like this one.

Shortly after the news report, nearby neighbors provided additional information on similar experiences they had with Mahoney. According to these reports, he has also tried to sell concrete cleaner and home security systems, which according to the Better Business Bureau are common scams.

With a criminal record and falsified employment, would a person like Mahoney be a qualified candidate for your company? Probably not.

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Nick Fishman is the co-founder of EmployeeScreenIQ, a leading, global employment background screening provider, and serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He pioneered the creation of EmployeeScreen University, the #1 educational resource on employment background checks for human resources, security and risk management professionals. A recognized industry expert, Nick is a frequent author, presenter and contributor to the news media. Nick is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio and Texas.
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