Truora’s simplified approach to a complex challenge


Fraud in Latin America is a behemoth of a challenge for the region. It costs billions of dollars every year and affects the security of millions of people. Truora, a Colombian startup, has taken up the challenge and their main weapon is a set of APIs.


One of those is a background check API used by many companies to hire safely and keep their users safe in a variety of ways. It requires a person’s national Id, which is used to verify their identity, and operates by searching several databases to obtain a person’s both criminal and legal records as well as matching their name with international databases of wanted criminals and media broadcasts regarding criminal activity, additionally, it searches for the person’s healthcare, pension and similar affiliations.


But it doesn’t only work for people, but also vehicles and companies and it operates in several countries across Latin America.

So, what makes this API so good? Let’s take a closer look:


Easy to Integrate

JSON-encoded responses with intuitively-named attributes and comprehensive documentation makes integration with Truora’s API a breeze.


Simplified Scores

One way to summarize the plethora of information returned by the background checks are scores, these grade the person, vehicle or company reliability in several categories like identity, criminal, legal, alert in media, among others.


Scores in the API and its documentation are both easy to understand and use, and allow for effortless processing of the large amounts of information related with background checks.

Customized Scores

In addition to the scores generated by default, Truora’s API allows the creation of customized scores allowing users to decide the impact of certain findings on a background check result, for example: a user can decide to increase the impact of theft, for instance, on a person’s overall score. Or, a user can decide to overlook a person’s legal background for their overall score. This flexibility allows scores to reflect the user company’s policies and principles regarding background check evaluation.


Webhooks

Truora’s API uses webhooks to notify users and keep them informed of changes in background check statuses, this is especially useful for checks made in batch, since the process can take a long time (about 2 hours per 100 checks) and for continuous checks, a background check option that periodically performs background checks and notifies users whenever the score changes.