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News Huge online university scam

  1. May 19, 2015 #1

    jtbell

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    A Pakistani software and media company has apparently been raising money by selling diplomas through a network of web sites of fictitious American online universities, including:

    Barkley University
    Columbiana University
    Mount Lincoln University
    Hillford University
    Grant Town University
    Rochville University

    and...

    Nixon University! Is this guy revealing his sense of humor? ("I am not a crook!")

    Fake Diplomas, Real Cash: Pakistani Company Axact Reaps Millions (New York Times)
     
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  3. May 19, 2015 #2
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/26/AR2009012602036.html
    <3 Joy Behar
     
  4. May 19, 2015 #3

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    Fake? Hard to believe when looking a picture from one of the 'Columbiana University' pages.

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  5. May 20, 2015 #4

    Vanadium 50

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    Isn't that the Earth where Spock has a beard?
     
  6. May 20, 2015 #5

    jtbell

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    Update:

    Pakistani Investigators Raid Offices of Axact, Fake Diploma Company

     
  7. May 20, 2015 #6

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    Why is this news? I remember being offered fake diplomas 20 years ago (and at times ever since, although my automatic spam filter seems to weed all of them out these days).
     
  8. May 20, 2015 #7

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    I always wanted just one good fake, there's something special saying I went to Sam Houston Institute of Technology.
    http://41.media.tumblr.com/5d3b1ac553b59156dc7e6ea7553215f5/tumblr_mtal0vvUQR1s63347o1_1280.jpg [Broken]
     
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  9. May 20, 2015 #8

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    I like it. Thanks for posting.
     
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  10. May 20, 2015 #9

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  11. May 20, 2015 #10
    I have to add this. I worked for a BIG japanese company in US with a "Fields" expert EE by the name of Dr Bill. He was the go to PhD guy in Electromagnetic fields. After about 10 years, he was discovered to be a complete fraud and vanished. I saw him five years later and after saying HI, he vanished again. (I am still waiting for Wired Magazine to contact me for the whole story).....
     
  12. May 20, 2015 #11

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    How much do they go for, and how fast can I get them?
     
  13. May 20, 2015 #12

    nsaspook

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    The price has doubled overnight, get one soon.
    (JPEG Image, 259 × 194 pixels).jpeg
     
  14. May 20, 2015 #13
    I'd prefer a degree in peace studies from George W. Bush University. ;)
     
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  15. May 20, 2015 #14

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    Mirror_Archer_in_Situation_Room.jpg

    I'm proud to be a member of the Terran Empire with a degree in "Peace Studies' from S.H.

    Nod to the 'Spock has a beard'.
     
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  16. May 20, 2015 #15
    I thought the huge online university scam was the existence of online universities.
     
  17. May 21, 2015 #16

    Borg

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    I had a coworker once who listed his computer science degree as being received from a university that didn't have a computer science program. Why bother with a fake degree when you can commit outright fraud? :oldeyes:
     
  18. May 25, 2015 #17
    Don't US universities have the suffix .edu, rather than .com?
    That could be a tell-tale hint that the websites are scams.
     
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