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Fake Diplomas, Issued on a Global Scale, by: D. Walsh

This, is what’s currently going on, and no, you still didn’t hear it from ME, from The New York Times that came with the Chinese papers today, written by: D. Walsh

Seen from the Internet, it is a vast education empire: hundreds of universities and high schools, with elegant names and smiling professors at sun-dappled American campuses.

Their websites, glossy and assured, offer online degrees in dozens of disciplines, like nursing and civil engineering.  There are glowing endorsement on the CNN iReport website, enthusiastic video testimonials, and State Department authentication certificates bearing the signature of John Kerry, the American secretary of state.

“We host one of the most renowned faculty in the world,” boasts a woman introduced in one promotional video as the head of law school.  “Come be a part of Newford University to soar the sky of excellence.”

Yet, this picture shimmers like a mirage.  The new reports are fabricated.  The professors are actors.  The university campuses exist in name only.  The degrees have no true accreditation.  The slick websites have toll-free American phone numbers and familiar-sounding names like Barkley and Columbiana.

Very little in this virtual academic realm, appearing to span at least 370 websites, is real—except for the tens of millions of dollars in revenue it gleans each year from many thousands of people around the world, all paid to a secretive Pakistani software company.

That company, Axact, operates from the port city of Karachi, where it employs over 2,000 people and calls itself Pakistan’s largest software explorer, with Silicon Valley-style employee perks like a swimming pool and yacht.

The heart of Axact’s business is the sales team—young and well-educated Pakistanis, fluent in English or Arabic, who work the phones with customers who have been drawn in by the websites.  They offer high school diplomas for $350 and doctoral degrees for $4,000.

Axact tailors its websites to appeal to customers in its principal markets, including the United States and oil-rich Persian Gulf countries.  One Saudi man spent over $400,000 on fake degrees and associate certificates, a former employee said.  Usually the sums are less startling, but still substantial.  One Egyptian man paid $12,000 last year for a doctorate in engineering technology from Nixon University and a certificate signed by Mr. Kerry.  His professional background was in advertising, he said.  But he was certain the documents were real.  “I really thought this was coming from America,” he said.  “It had so many foreigner stamps.  It was so impressive.”

Axact does sell some software applications.  But according former insiders, company records and a detailed analysis of its websites, Axact’s main business has been to take the centuries-old scam of selling fake academic degrees and turn it into an Internet-era scheme on a global scale.

As interest in online education is booming, the company is aggressively positioning its school and portal websites to appear prominently in online searches, luring potentials international customers.

At Axact’s headquarters, former employees say, telephone sales agents work in shifts around the clock.  Sometimes they cater to customers who clearly understand that they are buying a suspect instant degree for money.  But often the agents manipulate those seeking a real education, pushing them to enroll for coursework that never materializes, or assuring them that their life experiences are enough to earn them a diploma.

Revenues, estimated by former employees and fraud experts at several million dollars per month, are cycled through a network of offshore companies.  All the while, Axact’s role as the owner of this fake education empire remains obscured by proxy Internet services, combative legal tactics and a chronic lack of regulation in Pakistan.

“Customers think it’s a university, but it’s not,” said Yasir Jashaid, who left Axact in October.  “It’s all about the money.”

In a letter to The Times’s initial reporting on the matter, the Pakistani government ordered an investigation.  The company’s offices in Karachi and Islamabad were shut down as investigators seized computers and files and detained some people for questioning.

In an interview in November 2013 about Pakistan’s media sector, Axact’s founder and chief executive, Shoaib Ahmed Shaikh, described Axact as an “I.T. and I.T. network services company” that serves many small and medium-sized businesses.  “On a daily basis we make thousands of projects.  There’s a long client list,” he said, but declined to name those clients.

The proliferation of Internet-based degree schemes has raised concerns about the use of fake diplomas in immigration fraud and about dangers they may post to public safety.  Some have been caught.  In 2007, a British court jailed Gene Morrison, a fake police criminologist who claimed to have degree certificates from Axact-owned Rochville Unversity.  The police had to re-examine seven hundred cases Mr. Morrison had worked on.  “It looked easier than going to a real university,” Mr. Morrison said during his trial.

In the Middle East, Axact has sold aeronautical degrees to airline employees and medical degrees to hospital workers.  One nurse at a hospital in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, admitted to spending $600,000 on an Axact-issued medical degree to secure a promotion.

In Pakistan, Mr. Shaikh portrays himself as a self-made tycoon and claims to donate sixty-five percent of Axact’s revenues to charity.  Last year, he announced a plan to educate ten million Pakistani children by 2019.  He said on the company’s website that he wanted to become “the richest man on the planet.”

He is working to become Pakistan’s most influential media mogul.  Axact has been building a broadcast studio and aggressively recruiting prominent journalist for Bol, a television and newspaper group scheduled to start this year.

When reporters for The Times contacted twelve Axat-run education websites, representatives claimed to be based in the United States, denied any connection to Axact or hung up immediately.  Two days after The Times first published its account, phone lines at some websites were not being answered.

“Hands down, this is probably the largest operation we’ve ever seen,” said Allen Ezell, a retired F.B.I. agent who has been investigating Axact.  “It’s a breathtaking scam.”

And, do you want to know W-H-Y, there are still, so many god DAMN S-U-C-K-E-R-S who are still falling for this sort of shit?  It’s still BASIC human nature, y’all, because we all want to NOT work as hard, and still get the EXACT same amount of rewards that we are to receive, as if we’d worked OUR asses off for it, and which, is still why, this sort of SCAMS can operate in this world, it’s all because of human nature, that’s aiding and abetting to the scam artists.

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An Elderly Woman Was Scammed for $1.26 Million N.T., This Time, She’d Used Money Offered to the Deceased, to Lure the Scammers Out

Taking the BAIT here, from the Newspapers, translated…

An elderly woman, Huang had lost 1.26 million dollars to scam artists at the beginning of the month, and the scam artists tried it again, the police were called, and decided to let it play out, had Huang taken the money offerings to the deceased to meet up with the scammers, yesterday, they were able to successfully arrest Chen and Dai, who were both drivers for the scam ring.

The police found, that this particular scam ring used the name of Kaohsiung District Attorney’s Office, on the 2nd, they’d called Huang up, told her that someone had used her bank accounts for scams, and was about to get put on ice by the banks, that she must transfer all of her savings into an account for the sake of surveillance, and after they’d checked to see, that she’s uninvolved, then, the money will be returned to her, but because they were chasing the leads secretively, if she’d told anybody of this, she will be charged with disclosing of privacy matters.

Huang had withdrawn a total of $1.26 million N.T.s, the workers at the post office felt that something wasn’t right, they’d notified the police, but it was already too late, and so, the patrol officers can only remind her, that if the person called back again, to tell him that she still had a million dollars in savings left, and immediately call them up.

Out of her expectation, the scammers called again yesterday morn, Huang followed the words of the police, took the paper money offered to the deceased, next to San-Jia Elementary School to meet, waited until Chen and Dai, the drivers came to pick up the cash, the officers who were ambushing came out, and successfully, subdued the two men.

The two suspects claimed that they’d found the ads on the papers, that they didn’t know each other, Chen applied for the position of a driver, and Dai, as a deliveryman, and each trip they’d get paid $5,000N.T., after the inquiries, the police booked both men on fraud charges.

And so, this, is how easily the elderly were scammed, but gladly, the police were there, the second time the scammers called, and that just shows, how older people are targeted, because of how vulnerable, how gullible they are.

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Falsely Claimed that He Will Give Women Three Hundred Thousand Dollars Each to Care for Them, a Man Managed to Scam Thirty Young Models into His Bed

Apparently, they ARE getting D-U-M-B-E-R by the generations here, aren’t they???  From the Newspapers, translated…

A man, Lin, claimed himself to be a world class high-tech man, through Facebook, and lied that he was willing to pay anywhere between $100,000N.T. to $300,000N.T. if young women are willing to sleep with him, there were ten young models who believed his statements, and became his “traveling lovers”, and, some of them were filmed without their consents; of the group of ladies, five of them, after they’d slept with the man, found that his checks bounced, and sued him, the Taipei D.A.’s offices prosecuted Lin based off of fraud, along with some other charges.

Based off of the statements, Lin was also suspected of installing needle cams to take down X-rated footages of him and the ladies having sex, to force another young model to have sex with him at least once a month, and that IF she wanted the DVD back, then, she will BE his sex slave to “provide” the services for him; the D.A. last year prosecuted him based off of forced sexual acts, along with other laws, and the cases are still pending trial.

The D.A. investigated, that Lin was suspected of using the name “Easy to Keep”, and used Facebook and e-mail accounts in 2012, to openly get in touch with young models, falsely claimed that he could pay them anywhere between $100,000 to $300,000N.T. a month to keep them.

There were TEN young models who believed his lies, believed that so long as they’d slept with him, then, they’d be able to earn a six-figure income a month; after each time Lin had had sex with the models, he’d handed them a check, and the amounts ranged from $100,000N.T. to $1,000,000N.T.  Later, after the young models took the check and went to the banks to cash it, in the end, the tellers told them that the check bounced, there were FIVE young models who felt uneven, that they didn’t get paid, and that, was why they’d sued Lin for fraud.

Yeah, uh, you’ve GOT to be SHITTING me here!  Hello, you’re getting P-A-I-D for sleeping with him, and you’re SUING him NOT because of that, but because of how you did NOT get paid?  What the FUCK is the matter with the values here, can someone PLEASE (yes, this is me, ASKING for “help”!!!) tell me?  And that just shows you all, how easily this brand new, younger generation of women give themselves away, and what the HELL happened to saving yourselves for marriage, OR the virginity plea?  Don’t ANY of that matter anymore?  Apparently N-O-T, and that, is just how MESSED UP the younger generations’ values had become, and it’s still ONLY the S-T-A-R-T of this whole mess in this world!!!

 

 

 

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A Sixty-Eight Year Old Male Posed as a Rich Man, Scammed Three Cougars

Wow, are you STUPID, or, are you just, S-T-U-P-I-D???  From the Front Page Sections, translated…

A man, Yeh, proclaimed himself as the CEO of a company, in the fast-food restaurants, coffee shops, started enticing the population of divorced women from China, to seduce the ladies, to fall into the traps of love, then, used the name of making investments to borrow money from them, in two short years, he’d managed to scam over ten million dollars from three divorcees.  The police followed the leads, and caught him, and when he was arrested, he told them that he was set up.

The Taipei City Detective Squad pointed out, that Yeh (age 68) printed the “Thai-Asian Dual Star International Development Agency” CEO business cards, it’d made the ladies really believed that he was the man in charge of the developments next to the Taipei Main Station; Yeh found that many Chinese married woman after they’d gotten their national identification cards are mostly divorced or widows, they’d become lonely, and so, he’d falsified his image as a rich man, and zoomed in on those divorced or widowed women to scam them for money, using love as an excuse.

In the past two years, Yeh had utilized the fast-food restaurants in Taipei, the coffee shops, the super convenience shops, to connect with Wang, Chang, along with one other divorced Chinese women.  First, Yeh would take out the business card to trick them, painted a picture of him, as well-knowledged, well-connected individual, then, he’d asked them out and pursued them endlessly, stated that he wanted to marry them, and have babies with them, and would give them residences at highly priced districts too.

Wang, Chang, along with another Chinese spouse thought that they’d found the second love of their lives, after they’d invested their emotions, Yeh would tell the ladies, that his business had monetary difficulties that he needed the cash flow, to convince the women to make an investment, then, he’d taken out the checkbooks, to prove that he had the intentions of marrying all of them, Yeh was able to scam over a hundred thousand dollars total.

The police found, that Yeh is staying with his childhood sweetheart, Yu’s house, they’re both from Mazu, and are very close to each other; but Yeh had also used the excused that he needed some cash to make his business work, to persuade Yu to transfer the deeds to two of her government issued housing to Yeh’s wife to get a loan from the banks.  Yu didn’t get a single cent in return, and, her house became someone else’s.

The police got her call, and traced the leads, and found out where Yeh was hiding, and, when they took him, he’d claimed, that there’s only the business transaction of lending the money, that there was NO intentions of fraud; he’d claimed that he really IS the CEO of the Gemini Development Agencies, it’s just that he had yet to set up his company, that it was still in the planning stages.

And, see how those ladies fall so easily for that OLDEST trick in the book?  It’s all because they’re too desperate for love, too desperate to find someone that they can spend the rest of their lives with, and it’s EXACTLY this need for love that’s made them much MORE gullible, and easily tricked.

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A Sixty-Year Old Man Used His Sweet Talk, Managed to Get a Seventy-Year-Old Woman’s Money

I still can’t understand W-H-Y women are falling for sweet talks here, from the Front Page Sections, translated…

A seventy-eight year old woman, Lin, after meeting a sixty-five year old man, Liu, “she’d fallen in love in old age”, and was scammed by Liu, who’s a well dresser who claimed that he was rich for over six million dollars, after Liu was called to the police stations, he’d claimed, “we are lovers”, but he didn’t have the money to pay her back, and after the police interrogated him, he was booked for fraud.

“I don’t even HAVE my savings anymore!”, during her younger years, Lin had operated a Buddhist items shop, and the millions of dollars she’d saved up is now gone, she’d gone to Shuanlien Subprecinct of Datong Police Substation to report, she could’t understand how the love affair with a man ten years her junior had been a total scam, the son sighed, “My mother is way too naïve!”

Lin’s husband had died many years ago, two months ago, she met Liu inside a karaoke, she was introduced to him by a friend, the well-dressed man pursued her relentlessly, not only would get wear suits, drive name brand cars, he’d even bring her gifts to please her every time they’d met up, it made Lin fall for him.

Liu saw how Lin had taken the “bait”, he’d lied to her about being from a rich family, that he’d inherited a piece of land from his ancestors, but he didn’t have the money to pay the taxes, and the land will be repossessed by the government, and asked her for a loan, and promised to pay her back.

Lin was tricked by his sweet talks, wouldn’t believe that Liu would lie to her, borrowed money from her own relatives, to give to Liu, once she’d withdrawn three hundred thousand dollars for him, the officers at the subprecinct of Shuanglien thought that something wasn’t right, asked her why she was making such huge amounts in withdraw, and Lin scolded the police, “Why is it your business?”, then, got in the car, and drove away with Liu.

Many days later, Lin’s son heard from his relatives, that his mother had been asking for loans from them, and he realized that something was wrong, and found that Liu’s check bounced, the woman finally came to her senses that she’d been scammed, Lin sighed, “Had I only known, I would’ve listened to the police!”, after Liu was arrested and taken in, he’d claimed, “We’re involved, why shouldn’t she loan me the money?”, it’s just, now he doesn’t have the money to pay her back.

And so, loneliness, coupled with the need to feel passion, was what got this woman SCREWED by the sweet talk of this L-O-S-E-R, and, he was preying on her too, and it was too late when she realized this, the money she’d given him, is gone.

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Falling Prey to a Good Deal, People Had Wire Transferred Six Times to the Accounts, and, They are NOT Getting the Camera, OR Their Money Back

One of the Deadly Sins, working ITS magic, guess which O-N-E?  It’s G-R-E-E-D!!!  From the Front Page Sections, translated…

A ring of scam artists used the name of a technology company in Shanghai, posted an ad, of a camera from Casio, and, on the markets, the cameras are over $25,000N.T. each, and yet, the website only asks for $5,000N.T.; those who have auction sites online were all ecstatic over this, they’d started ordering it in bulk, but afterwards, the seller just wouldn’t send the items out, and used the excuse of how the immigration’s offices had taken hold on the items, that the buyers must pay extra, and there were fourteen people who fell prey to this, losing a total of $1.69 million N.T.

A woman who sold stuff online, Lin (age 26) had ordered two cameras, and wired $10,000N.T. to the account specified by the scam ring, but the person said that the manager said that international orders must have at least fifteen camera orders, gotten her to wire $78,000N.T.; then, claimed that they’re working to up their sales quota, and wanted her to wire more, and that they will return the money back to her later on, and Lin wired another $20,000N.T.

And finally, the shipment was about to come out, and the scammers lied and told her that the items were stuck in the customs offices in China, that they needed to pay to get it shipped, she then wired another $100,000N.T. to them; and later on, the scammers used even MORE excuses to get her to wire six other times on whatever reasons, but after Lin had wired so much over, she still hadn’t received the items, and the other party stopped answering the calls, and that, was when she realized, that she’d been scammed.

There was a high school girl in Hsinbei City that wanted to sell cameras and earn the money, and so, she’d ordered three kinds of cameras, a total of twenty cameras, after she’d wired $100,000N.T., she was so expectant, but, the cameras never got to her; two weeks later, the other person told her by text message, that the items are in hold at the custom’s offices in China that she needed to send more money, she was awakened, and called the police.

The Detective Squad found out, that the scam artist ring posted ads on “Taiwan Wholesales Net”, pretended to be selling brands such as Casio, Apple cell phones, and because the prices are cheaper than at the stores, it’d attracted a TON of people who wanted to buy; then, they’d used I.M. to contact the buyers, and made up excuses such as items are stuck in the customs on their way out of the places of origin, or that there needed to be more fees charged for processing, and the sellers had received all the money, but didn’t send out the items, since June of this year, there were OVER fourteen individuals who came forth to the police about being scammed, and they’d lost a total of over one million dollars together.

The police stated, that the public should examine the comments of the sellers online, and compare the products to the products at the stores to see if there is a difference, and that if the sellers offered something similar, but at a really cheap price, it might be a scam; and that the public should buy the items on the more known sites, and pay when the shipment had arrived.

And, the reason why these people fall prey is still because???  Oh yeah, they want a good deal, and, when a really, really, REALLY good deal came along, they fell for it, without knowing, that you get what you paid for, and that if you’re paying a regular price, chances are, that you’d get a regular priced item, and if you paid for it too cheap, then, chances will be that it won’t be as good, and in this case, you don’t even get the items you’d ordered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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