Fake Degrees : A New Educational Trend
Role of InternetThe problem of fake Degrees is nothing new, but the Internet has made it easier than ever to obtain a bogus Qualification. The institutions that sell these fake qualifications are known as either diploma mills or degree mills. Diploma mills issue fraudulent diplomas supposedly granted by real Universities,while degree mills pose as real universities. If it's difficult for the authorities to keep tabs on the degree mills, it can be even harder for employers to spot if a potential employee has fake qualifications, but there are steps that employers can take to guard against fraudsters. Many countries have Government-run web sites where you can easily check if a university is officially accredited. But because diploma mills offer fake degrees from real universities, it is essential that employers also check with someone at the university that the degree was actually issued.
Careers of Fake Degree HoldersEmployees armed with academic credentials from diploma mills have held jobs as sex-abuse counselors, college vice presidents, child psychologists, athletic coaches and engineers. While some employees simply falsify their resumes and make up degrees, others turn to diploma mills. These bogus colleges and universities make it easier to pull off the resume charade because they provide fake diplomas and transcripts that often seem legitimate. For those who cannot afford a degree from a fake Foreign University, more than 100 fake Chinese universities now offer diplomas for sale. Many of them have websites and use names similar to those of real colleges. Some even use doctored photographs to advertise their qualifications: one image online shows a group of students said to be from the non-existent Wuhan University of Industry and Commerce standing in Tiananmen Square—the original photograph shows the same group under a banner proclaiming who they really are: students from the Beijing Institute of Petrochemical Technology. Such cases have not stopped the fraudsters, and would-be students are still trying to buy their way to a better career. A diploma can make all the difference in the modern Chinese job hunt. In some cases fee-paying students know they are matriculating with a fake university but see it as an easy way to obtain a diploma. You can buy everything else in China, so why not academic qualifications?