Police officers in Saudi Arabia arrested a forger who was selling fake post-graduate degrees in Saudi Arabia. The man was selling his degrees for $5,000.
The man reportedly sold over 700 degrees and made $3.5 Million (13 Million Saudi Arabian Riyal).
Source: Neil King, “Forger in Saudi made $3.5m selling fake degrees,” Arabian Business, February 25, 2013.
According to a news article, the price of a fake Australian Passport on the Internet is $806 (600 Euros). For an extra $268 (200 Euros), the website will include fake ID cards and driver licenses.
A fake diploma from a university in Australia is being sold online for $249.
Source: Asher Moses, “Identities for sale: fake documentation on the rise,” Sydney Morning Herald, January 26, 2013.
A professional executive search consultant in Dubai reported to the media that there is an increase in resumes filled with fake degrees and diplomas.
The head hunter stated that fake degrees are sold for up to $8,167 (30,000 UAE Dirham). The forgers fill out the grade point average, the degree and the year it was obtained based on the customer’s request.
Source: Amanda Fisher, “Faking their way to the top,” Khaleej Times, January 22, 2013.
Police in India broke up a criminal ring where 5 individuals were selling fake degrees and diploma certificates. The forgers were selling the degrees at prices between $184 to $3,688 (10,000 to 200,000 Indian Rupees).
When arrested, the sellers had been operating for several years selling fake educational degrees, and police seized 580 fake degrees and diplomas at the time of the arrest.
Source: “Fake degree certificate racket busted, five held,” Hindu, January 1, 2013.
In the US State of Florida, a human trafficking investigation by officials discovered over 80 massage therapists who obtained fake and fraudulent massage theory licensees.
The women were reported to have paid between $10,000 to $15,000 to obtain fake college certificates and transcripts.
Source: Brett Clarkson, “Over 80 massage therapists in trafficking probe used fake credentials from same college, say regulators,” Sun Sentinel, September 20, 2012.
The price to purchase fake bachelor’s and master’s degrees on the Internet is reported to be $1,555 (15,000 Pesos). According to the report, the price includes a fake diploma, academic resume and professional certificate.
Source: EFE, “Mexican university president found to have fake degree,” Fox News Latino, September 8, 2012.
There are over 100 fake universities in China that sell diplomas and degrees to customers. The reported price for a fake diploma in China is $30,000 (190,000 Yuan).
Worldwide, an estimated 50,000 fake PhD degrees are sold by diploma mills and fake colleges.
Source: “Fake degrees: A quick study,” Economist, July 7, 2012.
An estimated 50,000 fake PhD degrees are sold each year by diploma mills. By comparison, between 40,000 to 45,000 PhD degrees are awarded by accredited schools in the United States each year.
Source: Allen Ezell and John Bear, “Does Your Doctor Have a Fake Degree? The Billion-Dollar Industry That Has Sold Over a Million Fake Diplomas,” AlertNet, June 13, 2012.
In May 2012, police in Jakarta, Indonesia arrested three suspects for operating a counterfeit diploma ring. The group was selling fake university degrees for $648 (6 Million Indonesian Rupiah), fake 3-year diplomas for $540 (5 million IDR), and counterfeit high school diplomas for $432 (4 Million IDR).
Source: Iman Mahditama, “Three arrested for offering fake diplomas,” Jakarta Post, May 23, 2012.
Forgers on the streets of Manila will make fake university degrees in about two hours for $10 to $60. Other counterfeit documents, such as job references, cost $11.50.
The main location where the counterfeiters sell their fake identification is between Claro M. Recto and Rizal Avenues. Counterfeit diplomas, identification, driver licenses, term papers and professional licenses such as a fake pilot license are all available.
Source: Peter Shadbolt, “Manila’s forgers graduate with honors from ‘Recto University’,” CNN, January 17, 2012.