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:



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.

68 Replies to “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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  2. Indeed, if you type the website of paramount california university http://www.pcu.edu , it will direct you to another university website which seems newly created called pacific cambria university so where is pcu website?


    1. 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.


    1. there is some website they are selling us and uk and canada number, from long time i saw a post for number. just google it you will get all info.
      but why us and UK Governments take actions against them.


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


    1. 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!


  4. 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?


    1. 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.


      1. 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?


  5. 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…


    1. We were finally able to get the PCU shut down, I’ve warned people on line about these fake universities for going on four years now. They took people for millions. You all must remember, “Something for Nothing” OR TRYING to BUY A DEGREE WILL LEAD TO NOTHING BUT TROUBLE..


  6. 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


    1. National Valley Is definitely a FAKE University
      They offered me a scholarship discount of 86% and a Masters Degree in 25 days. NO one does that except fake people and they also wanted me to send them 500 dollars without any application or form or any sort of security.

      Stay away from National Valley University


  7. Something doesn’t smell right about this one, the site won’t allow me to scroll down and read, not a good sign. We can connect you with a recognized, MOE recognized school.


  8. 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.


    1. 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.


  9. 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.


  10. 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


    1. I looked at the groups Caralyn show as accreditors and none are government sanctioned. I find nothing that tells me they are a sanctioned school in the US or elsewhere. If you want a degree that an employer or federal government would readily recognize I would attend elsewhere.


  11. Hey all, be wary of someone pretending to be from the United States Higher Education Commission (USHEC), legal dept or lawyer or legal affairs or someone pretending to be a attorney calling you with full details of your PCU degree, name, address, contacts, email etc probably because they are PCU guys having your info. They will tell you about US Govt legal action against PCU and that you need to obtain a No Objections cert and pay all kinds of crap fees. Watch out! They are scammers from the same PCU team

    For your research purposes USHEC website http://www.ushec.education


  12. dear All
    what about American board of higher education commission i was dealing with Palm creek university and they told me they are accrediated by abhec.com is this departmet is fake or not , the university is associated by them . if any bidy can help me in this case


      1. abhec.com is listed as unrecognized on the link that you send me this is some think disappointed, i was dealing with them to give me certificate reflected with my experience in sales more than 15 years and they told me they will give me the certificate whiten 1 month, so i dont know what can i do right now, please advise me what to do


  13. dear All
    what about American board of higher education commission i was dealing with Palm creek university and they told me they are accredited by abhec.com is this department is fake or not , the university is associated by them . if any body can help me in this case


  14. Mohammed, I am sorry but I am not sure there is anything you can do. in terms of legitimate groups who will certify this degree. In the end it’s the employer or the government where you are located to decide on whether they will recognize the school.


    1. thanks for replying
      so if i join this university and get the certificate from them i can work in private sector because i don’t need it for ministries or governments, as they promises me they will stamp it from ministry of foreign and education consul before i paid full it will be cash on delivery


  15. I am not saying that. I am not sure of the rules in your country such as Kuwait. I would wonder if the company you work for or would work for would accept the degree from the school you mentioned. They may well say it is not a valid institution since they have no accreditation that is normally recognized. I know some HR people in the business sector would look at a diploma from a non-accredited school and say we will not pay you based on that degree.

    If you really want to know on this question of the degree from Palm Creek then ask your HR office. That would be an official and not just opinion.


  16. so i was a victim for – Nixon university online-fake-degree- and i already took it years ago and relised it was fake and i stopped using it , now they are calling from local and us numbers telling me iam illegal now and if i dont pay fees to transfer credit hours to another campus there will be illegal action by me , its more like a threat actualy ,is this for real or is it just some spam calls or what , iam located in saudiarabia


    1. These are ALL FAKE.. I’m with the FBI-InfraGard Team and have warned people against these types of fake universities for years. There are legal and recognized alternatives besides these. These are by far WORSE than having no degree at all!


    2. Mohammed. Nixon is a bogus school busted about 3 years ago. Some of their people are still trying to scare people by threaten them in the USA and KSA and getting money by doing this. If you have not used that degree in KSA to get a job you are fine, they can’t really hurt you. Hope that helps. Dean


    3. It’s fske don’t pay any money
      They will claim they are Lawyers and you have committed an offence etc
      They are crooks. I happened to me and I fuxxxk them


  17. An update on bogus degrees. On July 22nd 2018, Higher Education Ministry of Kuwait reports 40 forged diplomas to Public Prosecution. In the meantime, a newspaper report published yesterday quoted a security sources who said that a number of forgers are expected to be arrested and sent to the public prosecution soon, adding that they would be legally obliged to return money that they have collected for selling forged degrees. For the article go to http://news.kuwaittimes.net/website/higher-education-ministry-reports-40-forged-diplomas-to-public-prosecution/


  18. I fell prey to one of these universities, Palm Creek University. I did get the degree documents but then they called again to tell me that I need to get them attested (accredited) and that I need to pay a huge fee for that I told them that they cheated and that I wouldn’t send the money and not use their certificates. Then after 12 months I get a phone call saying that the university is fake and the president of the university is imprisoned and that the document I got would be used against me for a trial on having fake certificates. the caller also told me that to remove my name legally I would have to get NOCs from 3 US dept. and it would cost me USD 4,500. They asked me to make the payment immediately or face legal action. So, what do you think this means and what should I do?


    1. Ignore that, it’s fake too. I received similar calls from pretend Govt legal Depart and the moment I told them I’ll go to press, they go cold feet


  19. Other groups are at this as well CalBrooks university for one.
    Yes, I have and am being scammed by them.
    They are now calling stating that they are from the MOI, MoFA, Embassy in America, from the local newspaper, and that a USA Tax Rebate is ready to be issued but is always held up due to a new requirement.
    These people need to be dealt with by the law & like a lot of them appear to be in / operating from the USA the federal government needs to take a lot more proactive action against them.


  20. What about trevorfielduniversity.education they are also behind so many people and shows the way that they are available on usaccreditationcouncil.org/search/texas/

    Can anyone confirm if they are fine or fake ?



    Look at the emails they are sending now! Can anyone else confirm if they have received the same scam?

    From: ushe@directcontactpro.com on behalf of ushe.education
    Sent: Thursday, December 19, 2019 3:52 PM
    To: Subject: United State Higher Education

    This is to notify that the Government officials including the Global Investigation Board is conducting an inquiry against your educational record registered with PCU University which is an alleged violation of the US Educational Policies stated under theTitle 18 US CODE S-1134 and all relevant sub-sections. The Government in Albania specially Ministry of Education and Ministry of Interior highlighted some discrepancies pertaining to the registrations of your Degree program with PCU University.However, weare not able to find a substantial educational trail relating to the assessment of your academics with this University.

    As of now, your credentials/identity are affiliated with PCU University due to which your educational record has been blacklisted and red marked for further interrogations and prosecutions.In order for you to classify your credentials out of the Strict LiabilityCrimes (SLCs) you need to disassociate yourself from PCU University

    3 Legal Affidavit Certificate’s Required to remove your record’s with PCU University

    1- Legal Affidavit Certificate from U.S State Department

    2- Legal Affidavit Certificate from Department of State

    3- Legal Affidavit Certificate from the District CT & County section

    The discrepancy regarding the cancellation might lead you to a trial at court in Albania as your activities have been marked suspicious. You are instructed to have the Process done or else your case will fall under the category A (fraud & Forged Documents)further to which an official letter will be sent to the Albania Ministry of Justice to thoroughly check your public and financial records including travelling, funds transfer and tax summaries and the individual might be taken in to custody at any point oftime without prior notice. During the trial, the offender will be barred from travelling outside Albania and it will be forbidden for to work within the country until verdict declaration.

    The notice has already been shared with Mr. Steven Engel from the US Department of Justice and also will be shared with Albania Ministry of Justice.

    Looking forward to have your response soon in order to avoid any legal consequences.


    Richard Gates

    Paralegal – Legal Affairs

    United States Higher Education (District Ct Member)

    Email: info@ushe.education

    Contact Number: 1(209)623-1131

    Website: http://www.ushe.education


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