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Doctorate degrees in deceit: Fake diplomas for sale online look like real thing

by Jeff Rossen and Josh Davis /  / Updated  / Source: TODAY

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A Rossen Reports investigation found fake college degrees available from dozens of online sites. And while it can be illegal to use these phony but realistic-looking documents, it's perfectly legal to buy them.

The practice is "a travesty," said Judith Eaton, president of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. "I think the intent is to confuse people and to mislead them."

There's even a site offering fake resumes, which will provide references for nonexistent experience. The owner of CareerExcuse.com called it "a valuable service."

But phony credentials don't come cheap: The fake resume service charges up to $200, and TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen paid $440 for a fake Ph.D. in physics and phony transcripts from Harvard.

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