In the US, over 56.6Ā million people went back to school in 2019 to further their education. More advanced degrees mean career opportunities that pay higher wages. However, the real challenge is passing the advanced course itself.

If you’re overwhelmed by some of the coursework and exams you need to pass to get your degree, you might be tempted to buy a fakeĀ certificate. You need to know that some of the institutions that offer these fake degrees expose you to identity theft and fraud.

How can you spot a fake degree certificate you’re going to buy?Ā Read on to learn how to tell if it’s authentic.

What Is a Fake Certificate?

What Is a Fake Certificate

A fake certificate is a document that has been created to falsely represent someone’s qualifications. They are often used by people who want to fraudulently get a job or gain other benefits.

There are a few makers of fake GED certificates and fake diplomas that can make them look very similar to real ones.

However, thereĀ are a lot of bad ones. It is important to research reviews from previous buyers but below are some common red flags that you should be wary of.

The Certificate Is From an Unrecognizable or Unaccredited Institution

Firstly, check to see if the institution is accredited. If it is not, then there is a good chance that the certificate is fake.

Secondly, check to see if the institution is recognized by the relevant authority in your country. If it is not, then again, there is a good chance that the certificate is fake. Check to see if the institution has a valid website.

AlwaysĀ check the institution’s website and confirm that it’s an accredited institution if there are any errors. If it does not, then there is a very good chance that the certificate is fake.

If you are unsure about any of these things, then it is always best to err on the side of caution and assume that the certificate is fake.

Confirm that the date on the certificate is correct.Ā If you are unsure about a certificate, you can always ask for more information or proof from the institution.

The Certificate Has Spelling or Grammatical Errors

Spelling or grammatical errors areĀ often a sign that the certificate was not made by a professional. This is especially true if the errors are in the school’s name or the student’s name.

If the certificate has any other obvious errors, such as incorrect information or a mismatched logo. Other things to look for that may show a fake certificate is incorrect dates, watermarks that are not from the issuing institution, and print that is not of professional quality.

The Institutionā€™s Website Domain

The institution’s website domain can be a great indicator. If the domain is not registered to the institution or is registered to a private individual, it is likely that the certificate is not legitimate.

Additionally, the website should have secure SSL certificate authentication and should match the physical address listed on the certificate. If the website appears to be unprofessional or there is no website at all, it is likely that the certificate is fake.

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The Design of a Fake Certificate Is Amateurish or Unprofessional

If the overall design of the certificate looks amateurish or unprofessional, it’s likely not legitimate. Another clue is the name of the institution. If it’s a well-known school, the certificate is more likely to be real.

A quick Google search for the school’s name and the word “degree” should turn up on the school’s official website. Find the page that lists the requirements for earning a degree from that institution. Compare the certificate you’re considering buying to the requirements listed on the school’s website.

If the certificate you’re looking at doesn’t match what the school says it should look like, it’s probably a fake. But if the institution is unknown or suspicious-sounding, that might strike you as a red flag.

Some fake certificates have been laminated, which is not a standard practiceĀ and would tell you right away that the certificate is not genuine.

Another way to tell if a certificate is fake is by looking at the design.

A professional, well-designed certificate should have a balanced layout, clean lines, and easy-to-read text. If the certificate you’re looking at is cluttered, has uneven margins, or uses an unusual font, it’s probably a fake.

Finally, check the spelling and grammar on the certificate. If there are any errors, it’s probably not a genuine document.

The Paper the Certificate Is Printed on Is of Poor Quality

One of the most important is the paper quality. If the certificate is printed on paper that is of poor quality, the certificate may be photocopiedĀ which can look and feel quite different from high-quality certificate paper.

The colors should also be clear and sharp, and the printing should be clean and free of any smudges or smears. Observe the overall design of the certificateĀ if it looks cheap or amateurish.

Another thing to look for is misspellings or incorrect information. This is a sure sign that the certificate is not legitimate. Finally, be sure to checkĀ if the certificate has suspicious-lookingĀ seals, signatures, and watermarks on the certificate.

Make sure that the watermarks will match the school’s official seal. If the certificate is from a reputable institution, the printing should always be of high quality.

The Certificate Includes Information That Doesnā€™t Make Sense

Most fake degree certificates include information that doesn’t make sense. There are certain things that should stand out as being incorrect.

TheĀ certificate should have the name of the issuing institution, the date of conferral, and the type of degree earned.

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If any of this information is missing, it is likely that the certificate is fake. Additionally, the certificate should be on official-looking paper with a watermark and should be signed by a representative of the issuing institution.

If the certificate does not have these characteristics, it is likely to be fake.

Spot a Fake Certificate

If you come across a degree certificate that raises any of these red flags, it’s best to jump on the side of caution and assume that it’s a fake certificate. Be sure to contact the issuing institution to verify its validity.

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