EXPOSED IN INTERVIEWS
But these applicants can get caught during interviews.
"There was one incident where a client approached us after an interview with a candidate who had applied directly to them. "They doubted the authenticity of the qualifications given to them by the applicant after he struggled with almost all the technical questions they shot at him," she said.
Checks with the applicant's institution revealed he was not a graduate from the university. The man was immediately reported to MOM. Ms Lance Foo, 39, the regional director of Riverchelles, an international human resource consulting firm, said there are telltale signs if someone submits a fake degree.
If it takes time to verify the authenticity of the academic qualification, candidates are hired first and then made to sign an indemnity and acknowledge that they will lose the job if the information provided is found to be false later on.
Ms Yap said for candidates from abroad, they prefer those with qualifications from the Top 50 universities from their home country as it is easier to check with these institutions.
She paid $19,000 for useless doctorate
Her dream of getting a PhD was ground to dust by a degree mill.
In 2007, the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) physician in her 50s paid $19,000 in fees to enrol in West Coast University-Panama's (WCU) doctorate programme.
Over the next 15 months, the woman, who wanted to be known only as Ms Ho F.M., attended classes at a local private school at Middle Road that offered degree programmes from WCU.
She went for classes twice a month and even completed a 50,000-word thesis.
But after graduating, she discovered that her doctorate was useless.
"Of course I was angry. But when these things happened, where could I go to complain?" she said in Mandarin.
The Council for Private Education here (CPE) was set up only in 2009 and the Private Education Regulations were gazetted that same year.
In 2008, Ms Ho was among 76 graduates of WCU. The students even had a graduation ceremony at Old Parliament House. But WCU turned out to be an unaccredited university.