When people end up being the victims of a scam, it’s normal for them to be unsure of what happened for a time. Because most people aren’t in the business of defrauding people, it’s sometimes rather difficult to understand how the scams that people who are in that business use actually work. Here are some signs that your name may need to be added to the rapidly-growing list of people who have been the victim of an online college scam.
Your Degree Isn’t Recognized
This happens to a lot of people. You get a degree from an online school, go to an employer and apply and, upon seeing your credentials, they tell you that they don’t accept degrees from the institution you attended as valid. This usually has to do with accreditation.
Accreditation is a process by which a school is verified as teaching up to the standards expected of an institution that hands out degrees. For instance, if you get a degree in electrical engineering at a state school, any employer in the nation is going to recognize that you’ve been properly trained to the extent that you can take on the responsibilities of a job in that field. This isn’t always the case with online schools and, if you’ve found out that your degree is useless, you may have been the victim of fraud.
Your Credits Do Not Transfer
If you’re savvy with money, you may have figured out that you can save a lot of money by pursuing your liberal education requirements at a community college or other school and then transfer to a state school for the remainder of your degree. This works very well, except in cases where the credits you received don’t transfer.
If you were told by an online school that your credits would transfer to a state school and this turned out not to be true, you have been defrauded. There are some online schools that will let you know that their credits don’t transfer, but most imply that those credits will transfer.
If you’ve paid good money to get a degree or credits that turned out to be completely worthless, you should contact an attorney about the matter. There’s no reason why any student who was so deceived should not seek out an attorney and sue for the damages they’ve incurred due to the fraud.