MAKES RESUME FRAUD RAMPANT - STUDY
fraud has become rampant in the workplace and the Internet
is at least partly to blame, according to corporate investigation
firm Michael G. Kessler & Associates, Ltd.
just completed a six-month investigation of resume and credentials
fraud and has released a report with findings it describes as
only did we find resume fraud so frequent an occurrence that it was
almost at epidemic proportions, but we found some startling information
along the way," said the firm in its announcement. "College
degrees were only an e-mail away. Sources were abundant on the
firm's investigators sent inquiries about buying a degree and says
it got "bombarded" by responses. Prices for fake degrees
ranged from $9,000 down to $19.95 and the received offers
included some for software that could print impressive degrees
using a home computer.
Michael G. Kessler, president and chief executive officer (CEO), "We
even located sources selling transcript templates and paper which would
allow the purchaser to fill in the blanks to create their own official
college transcripts, complete with straight A's if they desired."
who used fake degrees to get jobs often don't stop at the forged
certificate, says Kessler. They may also list certifications from
organizations which either never tested them or were simply a money-making
scheme for their originators -- if they existed at all.
contacted organizations offered a gold seal embossed certificate,
suitable for framing, in return for buying a book on a specific
subject. The certificates named the buyer as an expert in the
fields, which included such law-enforcement and investigation related
specialties as forensic dentistry, environmental investigator,
financial investigator, forensic psychology and forensic
accounting, says the firm. Getting certified just took filling
out a check.
team found highly placed people who used bogus credentials, impressive
publication listings, and phony degrees on their resumes. In
some cases these were not in addition to legitimate qualifications,
they were their only qualification, said the investigators.
which Newsbytes notes specializes in employee investigations,
urges employers to consider extensive background checks on
prospective employees a necessity, if only to protect their
organizations from potential lawsuits.
Author - Craig Menefee