Uncovering the multi-million dollar fake degree industry
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With competition still fierce in the jobs market, some people might be tempted to beef up their resume by buying a fake degree.
The problem of fake degrees is nothing new, but the Internet has made it easier than ever to obtain a bogus qualification.
George Gollin, a board member of the U.S.-based Council for Higher Education Accreditation, told CNN he estimates that more than 100,000 fake degrees are sold each year in the U.S. alone. Of those, around one third are postgraduate degrees. He added that a bogus degree will typically cost $1,000.
By trade, Gollin is a physics professor at the University of Illinois. He first became interested in degree mills after being spammed with offers of fake college degrees.
According to a story in Wired Magazine, his interest turned to outrage after he stumbled upon news of a forensic psychologist who had purchased her degree. “Here’s this person who’s untrained doing therapeutic interventions,” he told Wired. “I thought, ‘Jesus, this is really bad.'”