By Michael Ormsby
The GED Testing Service® (GEDTS), a program of the American Council on Education (ACE), recently issued a warning about fake online GED® diploma scams. The warning reminds, “Please be advised that the GED test credential cannot be earned via the Internet nor through correspondence programs.” You cannot take your GED online, because taking the GED test online would not allow GED Proctors™ to check your identity or make sure testing rules are followed. The real GED Test is only available at official GED test locations.
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Websites offering a fraudulent online GED diploma or high school diploma are a problem, and many states, government organizations, colleges, and educational institutions are taking action against frauds involving fake GED online offers and fake degrees.
In Long Island, New York, Robert Collins offered fraudulent at-home GED testing, claiming falsely that these at-home tests were a way to get a GED test credential. There is no at-home or online GED testing. Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo prosecuted Collins, who must serve a jail sentence and pay restitution.
A Westland, Michigan woman who applied for financial aid for herself and others at several community colleges is facing charges of fraud for falsely reporting that she earned a GED credential and receiving thousands of dollars in financial aid.
Similarly, three former employees of Vatterot College in Kansas City, Missouri, were charged with 37 criminal counts, for conspiracy to defraud the U.S. Department of Education by applying for financial aid for students who had not received a GED or high school diploma. Only students who have received a GED or high school diploma are eligible for federal financial aid.
Passing the GED test is essential for people who did not graduate high school and need better opportunities for the future. Fraudulent GED online offers and false GED reporting are harmful to the educational system and to individuals seeking the knowledge and skills to succeed.
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Michael Ormsby is the president of the GED Academy and oversees software and curriculum for adult learners and people with educational challenges. For more information, visit passGED.com. Michael can be contacted by telephone at 800-460-8150.