09th April 2017Brand ProtectionCertificatesEducationHologram

Fake degree certificates - websites shut down

It was revealed this week that over 40 fraudulent websites had been shut down in the UK for selling fake degree certificates.

The rise of the counterfeiting of degree certificates/testamurs is alarming, and it’s not just an issue in the UK. Every country with renown establishments including the US and Australia are concerned.

Obtaining a degree certificate for a few hundred dollars and without having to study seems like a very attractive option for students who can’t afford tuition fees or lack the drive to work hard for several years.

Degree fraud devalues qualifications and jeopardises universities’ and countries’ reputations as providers of high-quality education.

The risks are even higher when fraudsters are using fake certificates to get a job in the health or public sectors. There are many famous examples out there.

Fighting Counterfeiting

Everyone can play a part in the fight against counterfeiting.

From students who are warned not to post pictures of their certificates on social media to Universities who can protect themselves by using highly secure certificates with tamper-evident and security features such as bespoke holograms.

Fraudsters do not have the latest technologies, and they want quick money. If your certificates are secure and difficult to replicate, they will move on to the next establishment.

Employers also have a big part to play. First, they need to check qualifications with Universities and awarding bodies systematically and they should also learn how to spot fake certificates and testamurs.

A brand protection specialist, Hague supplies secure certificates to over 200 Universities and Awarding Bodies worldwide.

To find out more about degree fraud, how to spot fake certificates and the security features available to protect your brand or contact us to discuss how we can help.

Contact us to discuss how we can protect your brand.

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