The fake website will likely tell you that it can get you a degree in a very short period of time, ranging from days to weeks. They may even offer you free verification of their services, but since they are the ones verifying themselves, this proves nothing in the way of the company's legitimacy. The website will offer packages for different price tiers. The packages will include a diploma, transcripts and award of excellence, university letterhead and envelopes, basically anything to make it look legitimate.
If you are researching online degree programs, you will likely come across websites that offer "life experience degrees." They claim that they can provide you a degree based on your life and work experience. While there are some legitimate degree and certification programs that allow some credit for work experiences an entire degree based on your experience is a scam.
TIPS TO SPOT A DEGREE SCAM
* No contact information is provided. A real program has advisors and customer service representatives to answer questions you may have. After all, you are trusting them to supply you with an education in return for a large fee. They should be available to you
* The university is not accredited. Accredited degree programs will be listed with state or county education affiliations where the university is located. If they haven't heard of them, they are likely a fly-by-night operation out to get your money
* Some devious sites actually sell fake diplomas, implying there is no need for the costly Harvard education when you can get a replica degree for cheap! You should be aware that this is paper forging and against the law
* Degree in no time. While some degree programs may be shorter than traditional counterparts, no degree can be earned in days or weeks
* If the degree is super affordable, super easy and super fast, don't wonder if you lose your money even faster
* The only requirement to get in is a credit card, not prior education or any kind of experiences
* A degree costs a flat fee, rather than cost per course
* The Better Business Bureau doesn't have nice things to say about the company
* The university appears to be accredited, but not by an agency recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. Under normal (legal) circumstances, accreditation is earned by universities and colleges based on certain requirements and standards of their curriculum and degree programs. Accreditation mills charge for the privilege to say a school is accredited
* If a school claims to be accredited, research the accrediting agency, and check with the resources you can be certain will list a school that is accredited: U.S. Department of Education or Council for Higher Education Accreditation