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HOW TO SPOT FAKE ONLINE PROGRAMS

The growth of online programs and MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) has changed the higher education landscape. And now with the global pandemic that has forced many legitimate institutions in offering their courses online, the door has been pushed further open for the diploma mills to step in and showcase their fake online courses and degree programs. Their marketing tactics can be very persuasive, but there are some red flags to look out for to make sure you are not dealing with a fake school offering fake programs.

Join ACEI’s President & CEO, Jasmin Saidi-Kuehnert and retired FBI Agent, Allen Ezell, as they share examples of fake schools and programs and take you on a journey into the dark underbelly of the world’s largest and most profitable diploma mill.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

10 AM - 11 AM PST

Free

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Jasmin Saidi-Kuehnert

Jasmin Saidi-Kuehnert is the founder, President and CEO of Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc. (ACEI). She is a published author and speaker on world education systems and advises institutions and organizations on emerging markets, credential evaluation standards and building global pathway initiatives. She frequently presents at conferences on topics related to Diploma Mills and Credential Fraud and assists prosecutors with providing testimony as Expert Witness on civil cases involving credential fraud. She has served as chair of committees of professional associations such as NAFSA: Association of International Educators, AACRAO, and AICE. Currently, she is the Chair of the International Education Standards Council that oversees the country profiles and credential advice for AACRAO’s Electronic Database on Global Education (EDGE). She is also the President of the Board of Directors of the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE), a non-profit professional association for credential evaluation service providers in the U.S. Jasmin holds a BA in Political Science from the University of San Diego and MBA from Pepperdine University.

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Allen Ezell

Allen Ezell has extensive years of experience investigating fraud. He worked for 3 decades with the FBI, handling all aspects of White Collar Crimes including accounting fraud and education fraud for 11 years, dubbed Operation DIPSAM (Diploma Scam). He obtained about 40 fake degreed during DIPSCAM. hAt retirement age 50, he accepted an offer o be an Audit Investigative Officer First Union National Bank, and after server mergers, 19 years later he retired from Wells Fargo Bank as Vice President in the Corporate Fraud Investigative Service. He holds the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) title, is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and a member of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, along with its Western North Carolina Chapter.

He is the co-author of the 2005 publication “Degree Mills, The Billion-Dollar Industry that has sold Over a Million Fake Diplomas,” and its 2012 revised and expanded edition. He authored the publication “Accreditation Mills,” 2007, and “Counterfeit Diplomas and Transcripts,” 2008, both published by AACRAO, and is a frequent contributor to ACEI’s blog. He has written several articles regarding diploma mills, and most recently on Axact, the world’s largest diploma mill.

Allen has assisted prosecutors (civilian and military), along with attorneys in civil matters concerning financial and diploma fraud.

 
         
 
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