A Bengaluru-based HRTech startup named Springworks has launched a WhatsApp-based tool - SpringVerify - that allows users to quickly and seamlessly verify someone’s identity in a couple of minutes. While corporations have been running Employee Background Checks forever, this is the first time that employers, whether in a business or household setting, will have access to a tool of this kind, right within WhatsApp. Users will be able to verify who they are dealing with. It is one of the earliest adoptions of WhatsApp to be used for Identity Verification and Crime Monitoring across the globe.
We just launched a #WhatsApp tool that tells you whether a govt ID furnished by a person is a valid ID or fake. It's as simple as taking a pic of the ID + sending a message on WhatsApp. Takes 2 mins. flat!— Abhash Kumar (@AabhashK) February 27, 2020
Try it out: https://t.co/emhVwrwJ2h
++also runs a court record check.
If you need to verify someone’s identity on WhatsApp, all you need to do is just give a missed call at 080-47193400 to get started. You can also start a WhatsApp chat to verify identity through this link. The tool integrates with the WhatsApp API. It lets users share a picture of one of the Pan Card/Driving License/Aadhaar Card/Voter ID Card right inside WhatsApp to know who they are dealing with. SpringVerify then verifies whether the furnished ID card is present in the government records. Moreover, the user can also share a picture or selfie of the ID holder and the tool will match that with the picture on the ID. It has multiple use cases, for example, a seller can use it for identifying the OLX buyer and vice versa.
The tool is free to use for the first 1,000 users. However, a check will typically cost Rs 49. SpringVerify on WhatsApp also has another unique capability to find whether the ID holder has a Court Record. It is able to match this with digitized court records only from courts of law across India.
“Going forward we’ll also be launching a service that will do ‘Continuous Crime Monitoring’ and notify the user if a Court Record match is found for the ID being verified, as soon as it happens”, said Anoop Suresh, VP-Business and Ops at Springworks. “We have translated all our learning and product capabilities from having run employee background checks for 150+ enterprises and high-growth organisations over the last year into this tool and made it simpler for everyday use”, said Kartik about the origins of the WhatsApp tool.