Shocker: 72 Hour Degrees Online Are A Scam

from the who-would-have-thought-that?!? dept

Would you believe that a website online claiming to be a university that gives diplomas in 72 hours without any qualifications other than a check that doesn’t bounce is actually a scam? Yeah, it must seem totally shocking, but only now, after plenty of examples of people buying degrees from such diploma mills is anyone cracking down. Pennsylvania has sued two men for running such a “university”, though they seem to be going after them with anti-spam laws, rather than fraud laws, which is a bit disappointing.

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Oliver Wendell Jones (profile) says:

Why fraud?

Unless their advertising literature specifically stated that these degrees were from a truly accredited school (and not a fake accreditation service like many of them use), then it’s not really fraud.

If I offer to sell you a piece of clothing worn by Jesus complete with certificate of authenticity, but I don’t specify that it was really Jesus Gonzales, a hispanic guy from down the street, is it fraud? How about if I claim it has significant religious history (it’s his lucky undershirt he wore every time to church)?

As long as they aren’t making intentionally false claims that can’t be disproven, then they didn’t commit fraud.

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