Savvy Consumer Information Center - Scams and Frauds
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Diploma Mills: Degrees of Deception -
Are you ever tempted by an email or an ad claiming you can "earn a college degree based...on life
experience"? Donít be. Chances are good that the ad is for a "diploma mill," a company that offers
"degrees" or certificates for a flat fee, requires little course work, if any, and awards degrees based solely on
life experience. Most employers and educational institutions consider it lying if you claim academic
credentials that you didn't earn through actual course work. Federal officials say itís risky behavior: If you use
a so-called "degree" from a diploma mill to apply for a job or promotion, you risk not getting hired, getting
fired, and in some cases, prosecution.
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