The 3 Types of Background Checks – Ask a Private Investigator Show

In this episode of Ask A PI Show, Tim Santoni explains the 3 most common types of background checks and what you need to know about each.

Pre-Employment Background Checks – Employment Background Screening:
-Compliant Authorizations and Disclosures from the applicant/employee (FCRA regulation) are a must
-Lower cost and quicker turnaround
-Applicant-Employee is entitled to a Consumer Copy
-Pre-Adverse and Adverse Action notices must be used

Due Diligence Background Checks:
-Authorization not required, but often implied in M&A deals
-Deep dive to include assets, liabilities, social media, sanctions
-Can be run on individuals and businesses

Legal Background Checks
-Subject is not aware that the background check is being done
-Can include everything from civil and criminal litigation to social media and surveillance
-Report should include methodology, context and references to public records

How does the show work?
1. Questions can be sent in via email or social using hashtag #AskAPI or #AskAPIShow. Tim picks the best ones and responds to them in future episodes.
2. Experts join Tim to discuss their specialty and share their experiences.
3. Tim explains and reviews various investigation tools, databases, and technology.

Tim Santoni is the President & CEO of Santoni Investigations @santoniinv. Santoni Investigations is an entrepreneurial and innovative, family owned, investigation firm that was founded over 40 years ago. Tim is a licensed private investigator–LPI, certified private investigator CALI and an active and certified member of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners NAPBS. He works with Insurance Companies, Law Firms, Brand Owners & Business owners to help mitigate risk through comprehensive investigative services.

He has testified as an expert witness in counterfeiting, insurance fraud and a variety of other civil cases. He has worked and supervised over 20,000 investigations.

Tim is passionate about elevating the private investigation industry and educating clients and investigators. He is an active member of CALI, NCISS, NAPBS and regularly speaks and attends MCLE type topics for attorneys and legal professionals.

Public Speaking:

Santoni Investigations is a full-service, global Private Investigation Company that has been providing reliable, efficient, and accurate information to businesses and individuals for over thirty years. With a far-reaching staff of investigators trained in the Santoni System to ensure confidentiality, consistency, and excellence, we serve attorneys, insurance companies, brand owners, and corporations.

Some of our areas of service include:

*Intellectual property and brand protection including trademark investigations, anti-counterfeiting investigations, and domain name acquisition
* Worker’s compensation claims
* Competitive intelligence
* Computer Forensics
* Compliance as a service
* Due diligence background checks
* Employees background checks
* Insurance claims
* Legal investigations for attorneys
* IP Investigations
* Locate/ People Searches
* Asset Searches
* Surveillance

We are experienced in providing litigation support investigation and services tailored to the needs of lawyers, insurance agencies, brand owners, and business large and small. We have offices across the United States, and work on cases around the globe. Call our office today at (949) 900-3400 for a confidential case evaluation today or visit us at

In case you are wondering what equipment was used for this video here is our equipment list.

Cowboy Studio (3-point lighting kit)

Canon Camera: Canon Rebel T5i

Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens

Rode VideoMic Pro

Tascam- DR-40

Rode smartLav+

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