Avoid Fake-Degree Burns By Researching Academic Credentials

Programs offering fake or bogus degrees are continually advertised on the Internet. Deceptive marketing practices can make phony degrees sound good even to an experienced consumer, but they can be detrimental on many levels. Human Resource managers and those responsible for professional development, as well as individuals desiring to earn an academic degree, can learn valuable strategies for confirming the authenticity of degrees by researching academic credentials.

If you’re a hiring manager or human resources professional, chances are you review applications and resumes from people who want to work for your organization or who want to be promoted. Some applicants may list credentials — like a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree, or a professional certification — that sound credible, but in fact, were not earned through a legitimate course of study at an accredited institution. More>> [PDF, 75.9KB]

Avoid Fake-Degree Burns By Researching Academic Credentials. FTC/BCP/OCBE. 2005. English. [PDF, 75.9KB]

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Last Updated: March 23, 2016