Did you Graduate from College?
September 2, 2008
I got an interesting email from our Director of Compliance titled “Ironic Spam!” I guess this spammer didn’t know they were sending this to an expert in compliance in the pre-employment screening industry. Her made up title, not the subject line of the email:
Subject: Submit your nomination for a Degree
WHAT A GREAT IDEA!
We provide a concept that will allow anyone with sufficient work experience to obtain a fully verifiable University Degree.
Bachelors, Masters or even a Doctorate.
For US: XXX-XXX-XXXX
Outside US: +1-XXX-XXX-XXXX
“Just leave your NAME & PHONE NO. (with CountryCode)” in the voicemail.
Our staff will get back to you in next few days!
These criminals will go to great lengths to sell you a degree. According to an article in the SouthTown Star, the FBI set up an investigation in the 1980’s called Dipscam. It was the largest federal effort to combat degree and diploma mills. Before the internet the bogus industry went into decline. “However, the internet has injected such schemes with steroids, and they’re grwoing feversihly.” Fortunately, with the emergence of the employment screening industry, background checks are uncovering more and more diploma mills. This is also leading to a more educated human resource professional, curbing resume fraud.
The consequences of this fraud can be serious, especially in the medical field. In 1997, an 8-year-old girl, Rose Kolitwenzew, was treated by a doctor who supposedly had a medical degree from the British West Indies Medical College, but no such college existed. The man’s instructions led to the girl’s death.
It appears the state of Alabama is learning its lesson from recent stories in New Jersey. Last week we reported New Jersey educators benefiting from fake or online degrees. Now, Alabama education officials are looking into internet courses and degrees. The state has also taken action against four Birmingham based online colleges. All Unaccredited!
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