Doctored Doctorates

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  1. Kizmet

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    This kind of thing has been seen in Canada - and I wouldn't doubt it's happened in many countries. A few years back, fake University Of Toronto degrees were sold for around $3,000, with all the right paper, seals, numbers, signatures etc. They were said to be the work of a criminal ring whose members were largely of Chinese origin. One such scam reported here: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2008/12/07/phony_degree_scam_exposed.html

    IIRC, there have been similar occurrences, perpetrated by others.
     
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    There is also a fairly long-standing variant in Russia, as I understand. First, the fake diploma is good - all the correct details, proper-looking seals, every "znak" and "nauk" in the right place etc. Next, a complicit insider at the (real) university will arrange to add the fake-diploma recipient's name and details to the school's official records. Not only does your diploma pass all the checks, but your "degree" VERIFIES 100%! That makes them the best fakes in the business! Cost is "up there" though. Last time I looked, $7,500 to $10,000.
     
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    Something similar happend in Germany about ten years ago. There, however, the school's records were doctored first and then the "student" got a (genuine) diploma from the school. The person who signed that diploma usually didn't know that it was fake. Something like that only works at very large universities, of course.
     
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    In Bears Guide I wrote about a comparable situation with a medical degree from the University of Southern California. An insider changed the computer records . . . and, at the time, the university admitted they had no way to search for others, since they did not keep any non-digital records: class lists, grade reports, papers submitted, etc. They expressed confidence that this was the only case, a very rare event . . . but it seemed wishful thinking.
     

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