When ever I see news from Pakistan I feel how much fraud is there in their daily life. Some times I feel that they are only lies are there in ordinary Pakistani people. if we take there education every thing in their history book is based on lies. They represent hindus as a villain and a enemy so many young minds of Pakistan who have taken their education becomes a anti India. As a Indian I have keen interest in pakistan and their people, It may be because there is some types of rivalry between both countries. But today I want to write something which came into light two days ago about a Pakistani Company named Axact. which was selling fake degrees from the name of fake universities to all over world by the mean of online degree.
The investigating report was published in New York Times about fake degrees and the name came into that conspiracy was a company from Pakistan. Pakistan is a country where people are kept in dark and some kind of conspiracy theory is presented by their media or by their government. Axact show case their this mentality. In India we get lot of miss calls from Pakistani numbers. which starts from +92 and if some one not knowing about their country code and calls them, then they try to misguide you by asking you about your credit card details or they may pretend to call from telecom company you are using and they can do fraud with you.
Axact made 370 websites (known till today) of some kind of name which looks like a original university name, Like they have made a website named like McGraw university, Northway university and other universities also. The design of these websites are very attractive that it looks like an original website, but one thing is same for all website, there are no physical address is given and when I checked those websites I found that even videos are same. which points towards malicious objective.
The world of web is prone to fraud because any body can make any website that can look like the original website and which can be used for doing fraud. This Axact case is similar to phishing case where websites are made exact same looking as a bank website and there you put your banking details like password and username into their login panel and those password and username are then stolen and money is transferred.
Axact’s fraud is so big that they even issued a certificate by the name of John Carry, Secretary of the states have been issued to the people in very high price which as New York times says easily available in $100. They even have recruited people with good American accent, Those people would pick call in behalf of that fake university and tell people to take degree from them. This is one of the biggest educational scam which came into light. They even created fake accreditation agencies by mean they take accreditation, so is there any way by which we can track if the online universities are fake or not.
- Simplest one is to check their website URL, now a days genuine uinversities or schools have .edu as their domain.
Other points are taken from http://www.geteducated.com/college-degree-mills/161-college-degree-or-diploma-mill They are as below
1. Your chosen university is not accredited.
These bogus accrediting agencies—also known as accreditation mills—typically have prestigious sounding names. They often claim to be “worldwide” or “international” agencies and therefore superior to any single agency operating in the United States. Check the Diploma Mill Police’s list of suspicious schools for scam reports and details on the real accreditation status of any online college.
3. Admission criteria consist entirely of possession of a valid Visa or MasterCard.
Previous academic record, grade point average and test scores are deemed irrelevant. Telemarketers and spam emails promise “you cannot be turned down” for a degree.
4. You are offered a college degree based on a “review” of your work experience and faxed resume.
Most degree mills offer what are known as experience degrees. Credit for career experience is a valid option at many universities that deal with adult learners. But the process of evaluating work experience for college credit is complex. No valid distance learning university in the U.S. will award a graduate degree (master’s or doctorate) based solely on a review of work, life or career experience.
5. You are promised a diploma—an instant degree—within 30 days of application, regardless of your status upon entry.
Degree mills are in the business of selling paper—fake diplomas and transcripts. Ergo, they’ll get that piece of paper to you as quickly as possible.
6. You are promised a degree in exchange for a lump sum—typically $399-$2,000 for an undergraduate degree and up to $3,000 for a graduate degree.
Universities do not commonly charge flat fees. They typically charge per credit or per course tuition and fees.
7. Your prospective university has multiple complaints on file.
For trustworthy factual accreditation reports, visit Get Educated’s Diploma Mill Police.
8. Your online “admission counselor” assures you that international online universities can’t be accredited in the United States by CHEA-recognized agencies.
This is a lie.
9. The school’s website either lists no faculty or lists faculty who have attended schools accredited by bogus agencies.
10. The university offers online degrees almost exclusively to U.S. citizens but is conveniently located in a foreign country, quite often a tiny nation that lacks any system of academic accreditation.
Alternatively, there has been a rise in the number of scams where the “university” claims to be located in the U.S., yet specializes in “evaluating” and “awarding” degrees based on an “international assessment process” specially designed to help immigrants wishing to enter the U.S.
Once you have researched an online college for degree mills and evaluated its accreditation report with help from the Get Educated Diploma Mill Police database, you can make an informed decision.