In my current full-time profession I deal with a substantial amount of confidential information, what I had encountered recently wasn’t anything new under the sun but telling a client that their life and their educational career was a lie was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever uttered. The client had fallen victim to a scam called a diploma mill, we had a long discussion via telephone with more back than there was forth. I’d researched his files, he’d told me that he has credentials and proof to uphold his claims, he then said something that puzzled me: “they have no telephone and no physical address“. Anyone in their right mind would begin asking questions, how does an educational institution not have any point of contact? He then told me the amount of years that he attended and that he paid tuition there and he was most certain that his information was up-to-date and legitimate. I had asked a co-worker for assistance and we had come to the conclusion that this young man, with years of work experience under his belt, had come so far in life with a faulty award.
If the term is unfamiliar to you, a diploma mill is an unaccredited educational institution that disburses a large amount of diplomas or degrees that are not recognized by civil service or a number of other employers.The awards can range any where from a few hundred to a few thousand in cost. They prey on the ignorant and welcome the schemers that seek to pull the wool over the eyes of potential employers. According to geteducated.com diploma mills typically employ high-pressure sales people that specialize in aggressive telephone and email tactics. Some degree mills have been operating for decades. They avoid prosecution by changing their state of operation, by changing their name or by locating themselves in states or foreign countries with the weakest educational laws. Another thing to understand is that these degrees, diplomas or certificates do not offer serious work/job titles.
It is our duty to keep each other informed on important topics in order to prevent someone else from falling victim to predators that seek young, aspiring professionals. The “institutions” that you need to steer clear of are: