Government identifies 190 fake universities

A government service exposing fake, online universities has identified 190 bogus institutions selling qualifications as part of a multi-million pound industry, writes Callum Paton for International Business Times.

The Higher Education Degree Datacheck, commissioned by the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, has discovered institutions such as the “University of Wolverhamton” (the “p” is missing) and Manchester University (University of Manchester is genuine) passing off degrees to unsuspecting students and willing fraudsters.

The international industry, peddling fake degrees sometimes unrecognisable from the real thing, is growing rapidly, with a 14% increase on the number of verifications carried out by the datacheck service in the last year alone.
Full report on the International Business Times site