Fake University Diplomas

Behind a veneer of luxury websites of supposed online universities, lucrative networks sell certifications that contain endorsements from even the US State Department.

Monday, May 18, 2015

An article published by The New York Times reports on investigations carried out on the subject, apparently leading to a Pakistan-based organization which is dedicated to running a multi-million dollar business offering tailor made university diplomas, as well as renewal of knowledge and experience - real or not, by enrolling its customers in fictitious courses.

The bright and shiny visual quality of the web sites which offer their educational services can confuse even the most forewarned people, although many of the names of universities are presented are clearly made up and sound legitimate because of their phonetic associations: Barkley, Columbiana, Mount Lincoln.

Research carried out by The New York Times focuses on one Pakistani company, which is apparently the foundation of a network based on this type of fraud, but it is clear that the Internet in particulr is now being used for these types of deceipts which range from the fraudulent issuing of diplomas -online and even in person - to poor quality education systems that certify what needs to be certified, without any academic support to do so. It is therefore increasingly necessary to not only thoroughly check documents submitted by candidates for any post, but also to have concrete verification of knowledge, skills and experience, using appropriate assessments.

See: Fake Diplomas, Real Cash: Pakistani Company AXACT Reaps Millions
See: Fake degrees are doing brisk business

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