LONDON: Freshly graduated students are urged not to share the images of themselves posing with their degrees on social media, so as to avoid fuelling the multi-million-pound trade in fake degrees, warned experts here today.
Higher Education Degree Datacheck (Hedd), the UK’s official service for verifying degrees, said that the growing trend for documenting degree-success online is giving fraudsters access to the latest logos, crests, signatories, stamps, holograms and wording, fuelling the booming business of selling fake certificates.
The most accurate fake version can be sold online for over 200 pounds and can be used to deceive prospective employers, the organization said. Research conducted by Hedd shows that more than two-thirds of students plan to take “graduation selfies” to document their achievement this year, while up to 74 percent of students were unaware that images of their degree certificates could be used to produce fakes.
Jayne Rowley, chief executive of Hedd, said universities like Oxford and Cambridge were among the main targets. She warned the students, “You wouldn’t share a picture of your passport or your driving license. Degree certificates are no different.
Degree fraud affects everyone. After investing time and money in a degree, genuine graduates should not be at risk of losing out in the jobs market to a candidate using a fake certificate.” Considering the threat, some 20 universities in Britain are offering digital diplomas that can not be faked, according to Hedd.
A piece published earlier: US Department of Justice (DOJ) has said that a Pakistani man working on behalf of Axact in the United States pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with an international “diploma mill” scheme. The announcement was made by Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, during a hearing on Friday where Umair Hamid, aka Shah Khan, admitted to the charges before US District Judge Ronnie Abrams. Umair Hamid, a/k/a “Shah Khan,” a/k/a “Shah,” pled guilty yesterday before U.S. District Judge Ronnie Abrams to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with an international “diploma mill” scheme that collected tens of millions of dollars from thousands of customers,” Kim said in a statement on the website of DOJ. The statement said: “Operating from Pakistan, Umair Hamid and his co-conspirators helped fraudulently rake in millions of dollars from unwitting American consumers who paid to enroll in, and get degrees from, high schools and colleges that did not exist. As a result of his fraud, people who thought they were investing in an education received nothing more than worthless diplomas and a harsh lesson in the worldwide reach of deceit. Together with our partners at the FBI and the Postal Service, we will continue to work to protect consumers from scams that victimize our citizens.” (Published on 8th of April, 2017)
CJP takes suo moto notice of murder of mother, daughter in Jahania
ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar Sunday taken Suo Moto notice of alleged murder of mother and daughter in Jahania.
The notice was taken on footage viral on social media that women were allegedly murdered by their opponents when they (mother and daughter) were returning after attending the court. Taking notice of the issue, the Chief Justice has directed IGP Punjab to submit a report within three days.
SC summons health minister: ventilators
LAHORE: The Supreme Court on Saturday summoned Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid, MD Punjab Procurement Regulatory Authority Shahid Hussain and others for Dec 22 to sort out problems being faced in the purchase of ventilators for government hospitals.
The bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar passed the orders while hearing a suo moto notice regarding government hospitals conditions.
During the proceedings, the provincial health department officials apprised that ventilators could not be purchased for government hospitals due to various technical problems in the purchase process.
At this, the bench observed that it was an important equipment but despite passage of one-year period, it could not be purchased. The bench adjourning further hearing till December 22 summoned provincial health minister, MD PPRA and others for resolving problems being faced in the process.
The health officials also apprised the court about various steps taken to improve the conditions of the hospitals.
Meanwhile, the bench observed that civil courts would decide the claims of property retrieved from the land grabber Mansha Ali Khokhar, alias Mansha Bomb while hearing a suo moto case regarding encroachments by him.
Earlier, the court was apprised that 15 claimants had approached for land retrieved from Mansha Bomb.
Moreover, the bench adjourned the hearing of United Christian Hospital revival case till Dec 22.
Dr. Jawwad Sajid, a member of the committee formed for the revival of the hospital, apprised the bench about various developments in this regard.
1,54,458 FIRs computerized in province
PESHAWAR: The digitization FIRs is in full swing and so far 1,54,458 FIRs have been computerized throughout the province during the current year.
The spokesperson today said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police has prepared a central database for the record of all police stations FIRs.
Direct access to the FIR is via data of a concerned person i.e CNIC mobile phone and house address. According to detail Peshawar district police showed excellence performance during the current year by digitizing 28,520 FIRs followed by Mardan of 18,185 FIRs, Charsadda 7,525, Nowshera 4,484, Swabi 6,699, Swat 14,608 Buner 9,324, Shangla 3,638, Dir Lower 6,808, Dir Upper 2,760, Chitral 3,073, Abbottabad 7,478, Haripur 4,731, Mansehra 4,581, Battagram 582, Kohistan Lower 432, Kohistan Upper 503, Torghar 156, Kohat 6,882, Hangu 2,687, Karak 3,102, Bannu 70,23, Lakki Marwat 2,940, DIKhan 6,358 and Tank 1,379.
All records of the criminal have been centralized with the online computer record and access to all policed stations of the province effective and result oriented action is being taken against the outlaws instantly.
Now the accused cannot evade from the police action. Complete file record against the accused is available in this computerized system. All police action and court proceeding in the case are being registered in the online system.
After registration of FIR in any police station, one copy is sent to the computer cell for digitization.