Fake university degree websites shut down

A BBC investigation found fake degrees from UK institutions for sale on a website in China.


More than 40 fraudulent websites have been shut down in a major crackdown on the sale of fake degrees.


The sites closed included those selling authentic-looking certificates using the names of real British universities.


Others were providers offering distance learning courses but were not valid UK degree awarding bodies.


An agency set up to investigate the issue, Higher Education Degree Datacheck(Hedd), said it had reports of more than 90 bogus institutions.

It follows a BBC South East investigation which found fake University of Kent degree certificates on sale online in China for £500.


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