Diploma Mills Fraud
As qualifications become increasingly important in gaining employment, “diploma mills” (usually online sites that sell degree and diploma certificates) and unaccredited colleges are proliferating around the world. Most use traditional and respectable-sounding names (many of which are very similar to legitimate institutions) and many claim accreditation by bogus accreditation bodies, making the identification of such entities very problematic.
Due to unemployment and increasing educational demands of employment sector, more and more people are inclined towards getting fake degrees to get their desired job. This horrendous issue has created a real threat to education industry, immigration departments and companies who are obliged to select the deserving applicants and to minimize risks for their institutions.
The number of fake universities and diploma and accreditation mills spanning across the world exceed 5000 figure. Within Pakistan above 200 universities and institutes are operating illegally and against the standards prescribed by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC).
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Fake Documents Risk
Fake professional qualification is a serious crime and threaten the safety of public. Engineers, Doctors, Teachers, Heavy Vehicle Drivers and even Pilots have been identified as unqualified when their professional qualifications and licenses were checked. Over 1 million quacks are operating freely in the medical profession in Pakistan and 150,000 are present in Karachi alone.
Such quacks and other fake degree/license holder “professionals” also apply for jobs outside Pakistan for “better” opportunities. When they process their applications, they usually asked to submit their “attested” documents. Bear in mind that 80% of the entire immigration system accepts notarized and attested documents – many people and government departments mistakenly confuse the attestation process and the verification process. Attestation is a legal process that does NOT pass judgment on whether or not a document is genuine or not or that its source is genuine. We have performed Professional Qualification Verification on thousands of bogus documents that have already been attested, sometimes by numerous lawyers, embassies and government departments.
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Many people and government departments mistakenly confuse the attestation process and the verification process. Attestation is a legal process that does NOT pass judgment on whether or not a document is genuine or not or that its source is genuine. We have performed verification on thousands of bogus documents that have already been attested, sometimes by numerous lawyers, embassies and government departments.
Fact – Government stamps on documents make them look more genuine.
Fact – They are more likely to be accepted by other governments as genuine.
Fact – International crime syndicates know this, yet governments continue to ‘legalize’ fake documents and those issued by diploma mills without checking to see if the document is real or fake.
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Fake Employer Risk
Having a job at hand makes a firm ground for an applicant when he is seeking a new job but what if he doesn’t have a job at hand or has something to hide in his not-so-great job history like a gap on his resume, a criminal record, termination or even lay off.
In such scenarios many applicants fabricate job references to cover up their sordid past by contacting a fictitious company which provides them with fake employment certificate and fake job references. They also fabricate the references by using contact information created by themselves and those references could be easily verified via email or phone/fax but actually they don’t exist.
The web of these fictitious companies is spread across the country. These companies after charging a good amount of money from a candidate answer all incoming calls from his prospective employers and confirm his name, designation and dates of employment portraying him as the best eligible hire.