Crackdown on fake universities launched in England

From the BBC …

A crackdown on fake universities in England has been ordered by ministers.

The aim is to prosecute and take down fraudulent websites masquerading as genuine degree-awarding institutions, says the government.

The move follows evidence of 190 bogus universities offering fake degree certificates.

“It will help protect the reputation of the UK as a provider of high-quality education,” said England’s Universities and Science Minister, Jo Johnson.

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Fake Diplomas, Real Cash ….

“In academia, diploma mills have long been seen as a nuisance. But the proliferation of Internet-based degree schemes has raised concerns about their possible use in immigration fraud, and about dangers they may pose to public safety and legal systems. In 2007, for example, a British court jailed Gene Morrison, a fake police criminologist who claimed to have degree certificates from the Axact-owned Rochville University, among other places.”

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A top police chief has slammed the opaque nature of the accounting practices of some of Britain’s biggest businesses. According to Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, only 12% of fraud incidents are reported to the police, and he reportedly told representatives of a number of FTSE 100 companies that they were leaving the police “in the dark about the state of threat and methods of attack” by not doing so. Executives from companies, such as BT and British Airways, were told that the level and methods of online fraud and crime were difficult to assess – most likely the case due to the fact that reports of fraud are often made to the bank but rarely reported to the police.

Howe also mentioned that it was highly likely that businesses failed to report such incidents in order to protect share prices and prevent details of vulnerabilities from reaching their competitors. He purportedly urged executives to step-up against such crimes, highlighted that the police are unable to tackle cyber-crime and fraud alone and said that “the financial sector has both an interest and a responsibility to protect citizens and businesses in the cyber-world. Telecoms companies and internet service providers have an interest and a responsibility in building up end-user trust in the digital world, and we all have a responsibility to protect children online. All of us.”

Kent 2020 – May 2015

The Inkerman Group was delighted to be exhibiting at Kent 2020 Vision LIVE at Detling in May 2015.  This is the South East’s premier B2B exhibition and the largest event of its kind in the UK: with over 3,200 unique buyers, suppliers and partners coming together for the year’s most important business gathering.  This year they are celebrating their 10th anniversary and over the past decade, Kent 2020 Vision LIVE has grown and evolved to become an unmissable fixture in the Kent business calendar.


Inkerman Screening