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Degree Mills: The Billion-Dollar Industry That Has Sold Over a Million Fake Diplomas


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Two experts, including an FBI agent specializing in diploma fraud, expose howdegree mills operate and how pervasive this deception has become.

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Got a hankering to perform thoracic surgery? Pony up a few thousand dollars and get yourself a knife. Care to give expert testimony in criminal trials, propose legislation, or control the lives of hundreds of people in a major corporation? Ditto, except for the knife, maybe. Fake degrees from colleges abound, complete with transcripts, diplomas, and glowing recommendation letters. Apart from having to endure Homecoming in a post office box, many people buy these degrees without qualms, enriching both themselves and the criminals pandering to them. Ezell and Bear, retired FBI agent and educator respectively, and experts in the field collectively, expose how these degrees get on the market and who buys them. They show how to find if a college or degree is legitimate and give very useful lists of fake colleges, degrees, and accreditation organizations to help sort out job applicants, candidates, and annoying coworkers.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

Allen Ezell was the founder and head of the FBIs "DipScam" diploma mill task force. He is also the author of Counterfeit Diplomas and Transcripts and Accreditation Mills.

John Bear, PhD, former head of new business development for Pearsons educational division, is author of the bestselling Bears Guide series of educational books, plus numerous books on consumerism, computers, and other topics.

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The Billion-dollar Industry That Has Sold Over A Million Fake Diplomas
Ezell, Allen
Bear, John
Prometheus Books
Other Miscellaneous Crimes
Diploma mills.
Education-Higher Education
General education.
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