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fake exam certificate website shut down – a drop in the ocean?

27 September 2017
The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) have announced that they successfully obtained an injunction shutting down the website 'replacement-certificates.co.uk' which was offering counterfeit exam certificates for sale.

In spite of this success, there is no shortage in availability of counterfeit certification across the internet - and a search will still churn up numerous sites claiming to offer legitimate certificates. Although individuals may purchase these in good faith to replace a lost or damaged copy, there is a large scope for abuse by individuals wishing to undertake fraudulent activity.

Although further anti-counterfeit moves may be expected from examination boards and FE/HE institutions, fundamentally relying on paper based certification leaves many organisations vulnerable to fraudsters. As the technology available to counterfeiters increases in sophistication, awarding bodies need to endeavour more than ever to stay ahead of counterfeiters to protect the integrity of the qualifications they award.

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