If you are a “glass half-empty” person, you know to check out potential employees, service providers, investors, clients. (I've even had friends who are utilizing dating websites ask me to check out people before they get too involved.) The following list of liars and sources will save you time and reinforce what you naturally do to protect your business and wallet.
Below are two lists. One is a list of lies learned from less than three hours due diligence of potential service providers, clients, investors and employees. The other is a list of free or low cost public websites you can check to save you time, money, and “face.” If you get a business card, a resume and take notes during conversations, you can ascertain a great deal in less than 3 hours of research, otherwise wasted by “big talkers.” Some have been shameless liars who have, presumably, gotten away with this before, indicating that a lot of people DON’T do background checks. Think how much time you can save by learning this information early on.
Preliminary due diligence is like a game. The goal is to look for anything the person has told you (verbally or in writing, such as a resume) that is invalidated or contradicted in public sources. If the person lied about something so easily discovered, what else might s/he lie about? Red flag. By asking for background information, the message you convey to the person is that it is “time to get serious.” This can cut time wasted with big talkers. Your time is worth money.