Identifying Fraudulent Credentials From Internationally Educated Nurses

      Fraudulent credentials have been in existence for centuries. However, with the current rise of technology, the Internet, and online education, the problem has intensified and gone global. The use of fraudulent nursing credentials has often been defined as the misrepresentation of one's credentials for gain with the goal of obtaining licensure and employment (
      • Russell K.
      Nurse practice acts guide and govern nursing practice.
      ). Unfortunately, the ease of access to fake credentials has grown. In some Asian countries, counterfeit diplomas can be allegedly purchased in districts near university campuses for as little as the equivalent of $11 USD [U.S. dollars] (
      • Ezell A.
      Counterfeit diplomas and transcripts.
      ,
      • Schadbolt P.
      Manila’s forgers graduate with honors from ‘Recto University.
      ). Nearly 100 websites of Eastern European origin sell fake diplomas, obviating the need to go to a physical location. These websites tout their offerings, including certificates issued on official government-printed paper (
      • Ezell A.
      Counterfeit diplomas and transcripts.
      ).
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