Fake degrees: Nixon U and Paramount California U are back!

On October 31st I received multiple messages the case against Axact CEO Shoaib Ahmed Shaikh was dismissed by a District and Session Judge in Pakistan (Court acquits Axact boss in fake degree case). The Axact chief was exposed in a Spring 2015 article by the New York Times that detailed the inner workings of a diploma scam which included the creation of over 300 fictitious educational institutions and accreditation agencies. The diploma mills generated for its owners hundred’s of millions of dollars by selling fake degrees to individuals worldwide and especially in the GCC.

Px19-073 RAWALPINDI: May19 - FIA workers seen during a raid on office of a private company at G. T. Road. ONLINE PHOTO by Raees Khan

May19 – FIA workers seen during a raid on office of a private company at G. T. Road.
ONLINE PHOTO by Raees Khan

Bogus universities have been a subject area I have been following for quite sometime in the US and in the MENA region. I contacted and assisted in early 2015 Al Fanar and The National about another bogus university in which both papers published stories. On May 26th, 2015 I wrote an article on my blog called Call for Action: Shut Down Diploma Mills, which focused on how many people in the GCC have a degree from an Axact bogus university posted on their LinkedIn profile. A number of publications re-printed my article or conducted follow-up stories. In addition many other papers have written on the subject including Gulf News and Emirates 24\7.  I thought the diploma mill companies led by Axact had been exposed and after the raid the Pakistan justice system would convict these perpetrators, I was wrong.

I was contacted by a person who had been duped earlier into enroling of one of the bogus schools. This individual sent me a message on October 23rd, which said: ” “am not sure whether you remember me. I think that the education scammers are back. Had phone calls on different occasions. If you reply to this mail, can supply you with the numbers.”

 On October 31st, I received from this person an email he/she received:

pcu-letterParamount California University is one of the Axact bogus schools and I had thought the raids in Pakistan shut them down along with 300+ others sites. I went to the website to see if they and another Axact bogus school, Nixon University were still operating. Here is what I found:

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What can we do about these companies who by their actions are hurting education throughout the GCC, doing harm to companies who hire these grads and hurting the reputation of legitimate universities worldwide who have quality online degrees? I recommend the federal agencies in the GCC to consider the following actions:

  1. Take a very aggressive stand in letting the public know these companies are still operating
  2. The appropriate government agencies in the GCC coordinate a plan of action to turn off and shut down such diploma mills
  3. Dismiss or not hire any person who shows on their Cv or public record they have a degree from an identified bogus school
  4. Block the Internet addresses of any identified bogus school

While the Axact scandal is not as critical as war/peace, and reducing poverty, the education of the nation’s citizens is vital for business and society. Governments spend anywhere from 15-25% of their GNP to provide legitimate education to its citizens. I had hoped in 2015 the Pakistan raid on Axact and the arrest of the CEO would put this group and others like them out of business. Unfortunately the alleged leader is now free and it appears the justice system failed in getting a conviction. It now up to other governments worldwide to take action.

42 thoughts on “Fake degrees: Nixon U and Paramount California U are back!

  1. Yes you are right i was contacted by MUST University last week saying they had won the court battle and requesting 4000 dollars frim another university transfering the credits i told them i am in the process of takung them to court to get all my money back

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    • From my knowledge of domains they should not be issued a .edu but it is not unusual to see this occur. I would image if complaints were filed with domain authorities they get the edu pulled. However they could get another domain such as .com .net or another extension.

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  2. American Board of Higher Education Commission accredits Pacific Cambria University. Is this acceped in California by the Department of Education?

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    • I see nothing on PCU that shows a student can receive federal or state financial aid or loans. Further they are not accredited by any of the regional associations aka Western States. I do not find any evidence they are a legitimate school which a higher ed institution who is regionally accredited would accept their credits. Buyer Beware!

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  3. Hi
    I have just been contacted by “National Valley University” and I believe the may fall under the fake category.
    Anybody else had dealings with this so called institute?

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    • Hi,
      I also recently received an email from someone named David Grey from the admission office of National Valley University informing me regarding the scholarship program that they are offering. I’ve even received a lot of missed calls from them.
      On the email, they are asking me to send the scanned documents for the university admission. So then, I decided to do a research first regarding this dealings. Just felt so relieved that I checked it out first before doing transactions with them.

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      • I received a call today from David as well, offering scholarship programs. He insisted that to be eligible for the scholarship I need to send my scanned documents by 23rd of this month. On doing a background check on them, I discovered they are no where mentioned in ranking. Are there any other positive reviews about them that might prove me wrong?

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  4. I am now student for Doctorate In Business Administration at PACIFIC CAMBRIA UNIVERSITY that mean i am lost? It’s a fake university? Ohhh my God…

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  5. I want to pursue degree from national valley university. Is these university have proper accreditation. Is these university is a fake one?? Please guide me

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  6. There are many schools with varying levels of education. We are entering into a difficult search for choosing and choosing the best among them. Thank you for your comments and comments on this subject. It was very useful.

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    • I just checked up on them again and after checking the accreditation groups I would say they have no accreditation recognized by US government agencies. I do not see evidence this school’s degree would be recognized by other international governments as well. I would look for other options.

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  7. I just came across this site after I fell victim and was given a degree from National Valley University and told them to attest it with the UAE goverment they claim they are on the process and keep requesting for huge sum of money for the attestation and am yet to even receive any proof of what they claim they are doing.Pls am confused can I be guided.

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  8. Pingback: ‘All of us can be harmed’ Update on Axact and Diploma Mills | The Edu Alliance Journal

  9. There are big differences between fake, operating legally, accreditation, MOE, etc. I’ve been in the biz for over 30 years. Contact me if you want to know at what level a particular school is at. We were able to get PCU shut down after complaining to various agencies for over three years. I currently work with local and federal authorities.. docsrb@gmail.com

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