Beware of Fake Diplomas

In May 2015 the New York Times published articles exposing online diploma scams out of Pakistan. One was called “Fake Diplomas, Real Cash: Pakistani Company Axact Reaps Millions.” It revealed that hundreds of online high schools and universities with professional-looking websites are fake.

Axact, the Pakistani company behind these scam websites, awarded worthless degrees.  Sales agents in Pakistan pretended to be American officials to sell fake online diplomas. The company raked in a fortune on false claims. Online schools featured fake customers and their stories of success. They also faked their licenses. Axact created these to fool customers into buying fake online diplomas. Axact even created fake LinkedIn profiles for employees of their online schools. The FBI said that Axact’s system of websites was the largest fake diploma operation they had seen.

Colleges, employers, and branches of the military reject applicants with diplomas from online high schools. Failure to discover these frauds during the application stage, however, could spell disaster. Holders of fake diplomas could get expelled from colleges. If employed, they could get fired from jobs. They could be kicked out of the military too.

If you’re interested in an online school, verify it with the Better Business Bureau. Some of these schools are okay. However, if a school offers you an online test or a credential for life experience, it is a scam. Otherwise, you can fulfill your high school requirement by studying with an approved online study program. Later, you will take the GED test, HiSET exam, or TASC test at an official test site near you.

You can earn a real high school equivalency diploma by studying with approved online study programs and taking the test at an official test center near you.

Read more in “Fake Diplomas, Real Cash: Pakistani Company Axact Reaps Millions” by Declan Walsh.

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