Saturday, October 19, 2013

Fake diplomas and fake degrees

So why study and spend a lot of money on tuition if you can get a shingle for a couple of hundred bucks? This is just one example, perhaps the most expensive one; there are cheaper to be found if you look on the web.

Or check up on "Degree Mills" - you can actually enroll in one of those, never need to study or do anything, and yes, even get a phd or be appointed "Academician"!
Particularly impressive are those that come from French or Italian sources: the names sound so much fancier and pompuous in a romantic language.
When you check out the curriculum vitae of some people it is a good idea to actually verify claims - a simple google search often unmasks the most clumsy fakes.
I recently looked into one of those, which is quite a mouth full: 

now if you google this you will find quite a number of artists that claim to be "Academicians" appointed by this "Academy", but you will not find either a website or any information about it - and if you check the location given as address in the document, you find it is a sleepy village of less than 600 inhabitants. No academy there.......

Apparently, it is quite common - check this out:

 Degree Mills: A Country Littered With Fake Degrees

Degree mills in the United States have sold over a million fake diplomas. Find out what makes a degree mill and how government agencies have responded to these big businesses throughout history.

Related video:

The M&G's Lisa Steyn walks us through her investigation into the growing trend of fake degrees. 
These documents are being bought online and paraded on CVs at all levels of the employment sector.

But it can backfire
Related story - most recently:
 Syrian Writer Elizabeth O’Bagy Fired: 
In a statement released on Wednesday, the institute writes: 
“The Institute for the Study of War has learned and confirmed that, contrary to her representations, Ms. Elizabeth O’Bagy does not in fact have a Ph.D. degree from Georgetown University. ISW has accordingly terminated Ms. O’Bagy’s employment, effective immediately.”  ... read more

Moral of the story: be true, stay true, fakes will be unmasked eventually!


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