Graduation selfies pose degree fraud threat

Graduation selfies pose degree fraud threat

Recruiters should be vigilant, with fraudsters able to produce fake degree certificates based on their inclusion in graduation selfies, according to Prospects’ Higher Education Degree Datacheck (HEDD).

Prospects' Hedd, the official system for degree and university authentication in the UK, surveyed 1,068 students preparing to graduate this year.

While 69% plan to include their degree certificate on a photo, 24% will video their achievement. Seventy one per cent of students plan to share their content on social media, with Facebook and Instagram the favoured channels. Female students were much more likely to want to take a selfie (73%) and share it (74%) than their male equivalents - 58% and 60% respectively.

Prospects’ HEDD said sellers of fake degrees are able to access the latest designs from photos posted online of graduates celebrating with their certificates. It suggested logos, crests, signatories, stamps, holograms and wording can be easily copied onto fake certificates and passed off as genuine to unwitting employers.

Jayne Rowley, Chief Executive at Prospects, said: “Don’t give fraudsters the opportunity to copy your degree certificate. You wouldn’t share a picture of your passport or your driving licence. Degree certificates are no different.

“Degree fraud affects everyone. After investing time and money in a degree, genuine graduates should not be at risk of losing out in the jobs market to a candidate using a fake certificate.”


Tuesday, 5 June 2018

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