Online Education Fraud: Fake Universities, Colleges, and Masters

Online College Course Scam: How It Works

Beware of the Online Course Scam going around these days, coming in the form on online learning platforms. Let’s dive in. Are you looking for an online masters in education? A college course? Best online colleges, in general? Or maybe for some distance learning courses?

Well, beware of the plethora of fraudulent ads on the Internet, especially during these hard times we are all going through. Let’s dive into the Online Course scam, aka the Distance Education Scheme, or the Online Class Scam.

They promise a certificate program that helps you fulfill your educational goals by putting you on the same level as all the other highly educated college students. Let’s look into this bogus online program that promises a college credit like no other.

Most of these distance education scams are coming out as fake online universities and colleges, not to mention the bogus scholarship applications or the tuition fee traps. Feel free to contribute with your experience and the names of questionable educational institutions in the Comments section at the end of this article.

Advertisements from several online fake universities are now all over the Internet. “Get your degree fast” and “Add Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate Degrees to your resume in just 4-6 weeks!” are just two of the headlines that might sound very good.

However, that is what scammers use to get you signed up. If you do, you will pay a lot of money to register for degree completion, and you’ll be promised a diploma, transcripts, or an award of excellence.

In reality, there is no program or associate degree, as the ‘institution’ or college doesn’t really exist. Sometimes they are promoted as free online courses that could be accessible through a non-existent financial aid.

Watch the video below to see how to recognize quickly if your online college is legitimate or not:


Online College Course Scam: How To Avoid

To register into an online degree program could be dangerous without doing your homework (no pun intended). Do not get us wrong; a lot of the online college courses you may find on the Internet are real. We are just referring to the bogus “online schools”.

In order to differentiate the real from the fake, connect with real people who were there – some learners, a former student, or an instructor – basically, people who attended these free online college courses.

Do not trust these ads, whether they are about enrolling in science, math, or any other degree program that would make even the students at the University of Pennsylvania jealous.

Chances are, these fake universities are obviously not accredited, and you’ll wait forever to start courses or to get a decent education from taking their courses. If you want to become an online student, make sure you research the name of the “university” first and try to contact their Customer Service to ask all pertinent questions.

If they don’t give you a clear picture of how your next few months will look (program curriculums, classes, assignments, type of bachelor’s degree, a physical location where the institution has it’s official address, etc.) don’t waste your money. Try looking on the Better Business Bureau’s website for the online university that you consider joining.

Also, if the tuition rate for these online college courses is very low, that should be a red flag.

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Online College Course Scam and Fake Universities: How To Report Them

Warn your family and friends know about the fake universities and colleges by sharing this article using the buttons provided. You can also officially report questionable online college courses to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

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That about University of the People? Please


I like to know online degree in university of mayford


Gibson University exists or its fake…please leave you valuable comment.


I enrolled at Gibson university online but I have the feeling the whole thing is a scam…can you help me here?


please is fake or real


I think I’m also being scammed by Gibson online university. Overtime they call me, asking for payment of accreditation etc. and offering me to fast track the degree, I haven’t even started and yet, they already want to process the diploma.


I think I might be a victim of an online university scam, could you help me please? The university that I’ve attended is Orlando University. If this is true and the uni is fake, could you please advise what can I do against it as I paid thousands of US dollars. Please advise.


Its fake. Call your local police for help


I have enrolled in Gibson University Online. I have started the degree and finished it in less than a year. Halfway through the degree they phone me and told me I have been exempted from five courses because my working years experienced I was lost because I know I didn’t have the experience in the major courses that they were talking about. I received another call from them saying my papers have to be naturalized and legalized by the board of educators. I caught on that it was a scam after all of this transpired I refuse to give them… Read more »


Hi Cara, I was approached by the same idiot (Alan Harper) and I did enroll in Gibson University for Ph.D. HR Management. I thought i’d continue school and take a course that would help me learning more of what i want to do. They ended up scamming me for U$ 2500 and he kept asking me for more money, then I’ve suspected that it is a fake and he did hang up the phone on me when I refused to send another dime. Moreover, I kept asking them to provide me with the exact location of their campus/offices claiming that… Read more »

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