It is a very sad situation when people are scammed by criminals operating these fraudulent schools
Plymouth, MN (PRWEB) March 22, 2015
With the increase in online educational institutions has come a corresponding increase in high school diploma fraud, and the Federal Trade Commission is warning students that in this endeavor, like in all online shopping, it’s “Buyer Beware.”
There aren’t any online schools that can issue a high school diploma after a single test or just a few weeks of classes. There’s real work involved, and it takes time to complete the classes required by individual states to meet graduation requirements, the FTC reports.
Finding out a diploma is a fake is easy -- the FTC keeps a list of fake diploma mills that is available to all prospective employers, colleges and government agencies looking for fake diplomas.
Any employment background check, educational transcript check or court or probation system check is going to uncover the fake. Unless the online school is accredited, the diplomas they issue aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on.
What was worth the paper it’s printed on is the student’s money, which is gone. Many times along with the institution that issued the bogus diploma.
At least one fully accredited high school is stepping forward to help. Victims of fake diploma mills can contact Excel High School to talk about obtaining free tuition if they produce a fraudulent diploma.
"It is a very sad situation when people are scammed by criminals operating these fraudulent schools," says Excel High School CEO Rod Clarkson, adding that diploma mills cause a lot of problems for students, employers and colleges alike.
“It is very easy for these scammers to set-up a legitimate looking website, with legitimate sounding credentials to entice students into enrolling into these fake schools, “ he said. “It is very important to do your research and select an online school that is properly accredited by the State Department of Education. When in doubt, call your State Department of Education and also check with the Better Business Bureau. This will help you to ensure that your investment will offer value. Having a fraudulent diploma will always do more harm than good."
Excel will help students attempting to get their tuition payments back. The school has put a team together with the knowledge and tools to draft an effective complaint to the Better Business Bureau, giving students the best chance they have at getting tuition returned.
And Excel counselors will also help students get back on the road to obtaining their high school diploma from an accredited institution, a diploma they can hang on the wall with a sense of pride and accomplishment.
For additional information about attending Excel High School, visit http://www.excelhighschool.com/ or contact Rod Clarkson at (800) 620-3844.
Excel High School is regionally accredited by AdvancED, the parent organization of The North Central Association CASI; by the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC); and by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges CASI.
Warner, Cheryl. (1/29/2015) - https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2015/01/ftc-shuts-down-diploma-mill-operators & http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0206-diploma-mills