Fake Diplomas And Degrees Are A Billion-dollar Industry…
Why is Education Background Verification Important?
A survey specializing in job screening and selection, which was conducted on 2.6 million job applicants by Avert Inc., revealed that 41% of applicants lied about their education background. This is quite an alarming figure given that the ranking of a job position is highly dependent on an individual’s education background. When an applicant falsifies his/her education background, the person would most likely underperform; leading to poor performance of the organization. Such cases have been recorded in many multinational companies.
For instance, a well accredited newspaper company in the United States appointed a journalist based on the impressive credentials mentioned in the resume. The company was further astonished when the journalist won a Pulitzer Prize; only to later discover that the article written by the journalist was fabricated. Further investigation revealed that the journalist had also fabricated the academic credential in the resume to secure a job in the well-renowned newspaper company. Another case which can be closely related to education falsification is when a popular retail company appointed a candidate they shortlisted for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO)’s position. The candidate confidently lied on the type of degree obtained during the interview, assuming that the company would not detect the truth. Unfortunately, when the CEO was unable to perform, a background check was carried out, only to discover the ugly truth about the CEO. Education verification is not limited to verifying only college degrees, but also other related qualifications stated in the resume. For instance, the Head of Football Coach of a well-known club had to resign when it was discovered that the coach was not a three-time letterman in college and that the coach did not earn a Master’s Degree as claimed in the resume.
The types of discrepancies that can be revealed by conducting an education background verification include dates of attendance, field of study, grades obtained, education level and even degrees received. On a more serious note, education discrepancies would include listing academic degrees or awards that were never earned. Fake education certificates are very rampant in today’s era of technology. An investigation conducted by Marketplace (a Canadian consumer advocacy television program broadcasted on CBC Television) revealed a scandalous case of fake education certificates being sold by one of the biggest players in the industry, Axact. Axact is a Pakistan based IT firm, selling fake diplomas, degrees, masters and PhDs from names of renowned universities around the world. As of 2017, Marketplace’s investigation revealed that probably more than 800 Canadians could have purchased fake degrees to be used in the employment industry. Fake diplomas and degrees are a billion-dollar industry, and there are many companies out there that are making big bucks, while victimizing organizations to fall into such scams. Performing education verification would help organizations to eliminate the possibilities of employing an individual with fake education background.