Over the past years the phenomenon of “Diploma Mills” fraudulent
documents and counterfeit qualifications has become a worldwide problem and has
grown especially in the Higher Education sector. Thanks to the various and free
of charge possibilities offered by the Internet, it became quite easy to
produce forged or modified university qualifications to credential evaluators.
This workshop aims at analysing the different types of not recognised
institutions and in particular the numerous diploma and accreditation mills. A
part of the workshop is dedicated to on-line available tools used for the
forgery of qualifications (such as e-mail spoofing and web spoofing) and their
functioning will be showed in order to recognise the elements that distinguish
the different typologies of documentation. The decision to show how actually
this phenomenon works aims at building a correct methodology regarding the
verification of documents and at hindering the forgery and the alteration of qualifications
The training session will take place on 26 February after der 2nd annual conference in Leiden.