More foreigners using fake degrees in Singapore

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Alfred Long

Denver, CO

#1 Nov 2, 2010
More offenders caught

Even so, foreigners caught using fake degrees in Singapore are on the rise.

In 2008, a China national working in Singapore as an engineer was fined $13,000 for using a fake degree, The traits Times reported.

The year before, an Indian national was fined $6,000 and jailed two weeks for using a passport bearing his cousin's name, and for buying a fake botany degree.

More than 400 foreigners were caught in 2007 for lying to the Manpower Ministry (MOM) in their work pass applications, a four-fold increase from the 97 cases in 2005.

MOM did not give a breakdown, but it was reported that most are believed to have used fake or forged qualifications to apply for employment passes and S-passes.
Alfred Long

Denver, CO

#2 Nov 2, 2010
Lim Yee Hung
Tue, Jan 23, 2007
The Straits Times

Fake degrees

I RECEIVED TWO degrees last week. One is an associate's degree in criminal justice, while the other is a bachelor's degree in journalism, and it only took me less than a week to get them.

With these two degrees, I can, technically, begin applying for jobs as a police officer or a journalist, either of which will pay much more than my current position as an intern. For sure.

If you haven't guessed by now, the degrees are fake. The associate's degree from Belford University cost US$349 (S$536) and the replica bachelor's degree from TrueDiplomas cost US$137.90. Total:$748, excluding freight charges by DHL.

The Belford degree package is impressive. Apart from the qualification itself, the package also included educational transcripts with my grades for each module. The university seal is embossed and looks authentic.

The replica degree, however, is disappointing. There are glaring spelling and grammatical errors, for example, December was spelled as 'Decemberf'.(See photos on facing page.) Comparing it to the real McCoy from my colleague, the replica did have the same font, though there were slight differences in the content.

The paper size was also much smaller, though the website offered several paper sizes.(Being Singaporean, I chose the cheapest - A4).

Although the two documents were fairly easy to obtain, fake degrees do not appear to be a big issue in Singapore - yet. Over the last decade, there have been only six reported cases of degree frauds here.(See page 6, 6 Cases In Past Decade In Singapore)
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Singapore, Singapore

#3 Nov 2, 2010
Untruths in nearly half of all resumes here
Chuang Peck Ming
Thu, Oct 28, 2010
The Business Times

ALMOST half of employers polled in Singapore have encountered job candidates who lied in their resumes, says American professional recruiter Hudson Global Resources.

And the large number of dishonest job seekers was almost matched by the degree of indifference among employers - higher than in other Asian countries - when it comes to checking references, Hudson's poll of almost 550 executives showed.

The results suggest that the more serious employers are about checking references, the less common fake resumes are - and vice versa. This showed up starkly in figures for the media, public relations and advertising sector, and the information technology and telecommunications and consumer sectors.
So Right

Irvine, CA

#4 Nov 25, 2010
Cane them the first time. They won't do it a second.
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Singapore, Singapore

#5 Feb 11, 2011
11 February 11 The Strait Times
by Teh Joo Lin

More caught for lying in work pass applications

MORE foreigners have been caught for falsely declaring that they are 'foreign talent', with offences such as lying about their academic qualifications.

In the first nine months of last year, 141 foreigners were convicted for lying in their work pass applications, up from 137 in the whole of 2009, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

In a bid to sieve out dubious applicants, the MOM has engaged the help of private screening agencies since 2008 to supplement its own checks.

Such agencies say they have also witnessed growing demand in recent years from companies here, which approach them to help screen applicants and verify their qualifications.

Some common tactics employed by dishonest applicants include using fake degrees and diplomas as part of their employment pass (EP) and S-Pass applications.

MOM told The Straits Times that it found more cases involving forged certificates last year, but it could not provide specific figures. Offenders were also found to have lied about their salaries and job details.

On why more cases have been detected, MOM said it could be due to its heightened fraud detection capabilities, which include checks with internal databases and educational institutions.

The use of fake academic qualifications in work pass applications attracts a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $15,000 fine.

In a recent case exposed by MOM, Bangladeshi national Nowaz Sharif Abul Kashem, 39, was found to have submitted a forged arts degree from the country's National University to apply for an EP to work here as a construction site supervisor for $2,600 a month. He was jailed for eight weeks in October last year.

In another case, Chinese national Li Zhichang, 37, used a forged diploma in food manufacturing from China's Jilin University in his S-Pass application. He had paid an employment agent in China for the fake certificate to work in a Korean restaurant as an assistant food and beverage manager. Li, who earned $1,800 a month, was jailed for four weeks last month.

Foreigners caught for using fake certificates were detected across various industry sectors, including professionals and technicians in the services sector, said a MOM spokesman.

While MOM has stepped up its checks, employers must also do their part, said Mr Then Yee Thoong, divisional director of MOM's work pass division.

He said:'While we do our part as regulator, employers are strongly encouraged to exercise due diligence and verify the qualifications of foreigners they wish to hire. Employment agencies...should also do the same.'

Between 2009 and September last year, 113 employers were fined or jailed for false declarations in work pass applications.

Employers who fail to inform the ministry despite knowing that false information has been submitted are also held liable.

As employers here become more aware of such cases, the demand for employment verification services has grown over the past few years, noted Mr Wayne Tollemache, executive managing director of screening agency First Advantage.

'Increasingly, companies are now recognising the high dividends of going through stringent employment verification procedures,' he said.

Companies in the information technology and finance-related sectors make up a large part of the demand.

At OCBC Bank, for example, pre-employment checks are run on 'all candidates across all positions to validate the information that they have declared', said Ms Jacinta Low, the bank's head of human resource planning and employee communications.

Common checks done by employers usually include contacting the school that issued the certificates and checking with the relevant authorities in the applicant's home country.
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Singapore, Singapore

#6 Feb 11, 2011
Feb 27, 2008
PR who worked as engineer caught using fake degree
By Teh Joo Lin

AFTER working in Singapore for eight years as an engineer, Hong Tao decided to stay for the long haul.

So the China national applied for permanent residence in September 2006.

He was successful. But just over a year later, he was in hot water.

The 36-year-old was arrested last November after checks revealed that his degree from the Anhui Institute of Electro Mechanics was fake.

For that and other work-related misdeeds, Hong was fined $13,000 in court last Thursday. He now faces the prospect of losing his permanent residence.

He joined a list of about 660 people the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has dealt with in the past two years for lying in their applications for immigration passes.

The group includes students, visitors and PRs. Last year alone, about 320 were found out by the ICA.

While rare - and not included in those figures - some have even cheated their way to gaining citizenship.

They include 40-year-old Sivanantham Veeran, who in March 2006 succeeded in his citizenship application. But the Indian national had lied about his 1994 convictions here for immigration offences and other crimes.

ICA spokesman Lim Jing Jing told The Straits Times:'All applications and their supporting documents for immigration facilities - including permanent residency and citizenship - are carefully checked for tell-tale signs of forgery and other signs of irregularities.'

The ICA also acts on tip-offs and complaints. Those caught were likely to have their PR status or citizenship revoked, said Ms Lim.

The authorities have also come across foreigners who forged applications to land jobs here.

In all, 374 were caught in 2006 with fraudulently obtained employment passes which go to highly qualified people, and S-Passes that are for semi-skilled workers.

Fake diplomas and other phoney qualifications were the most common way of abusing the system.

Though the culprits make up only a tiny fraction of pass holders, the number of cases has quadrupled since 2005, when 97 cases surfaced.

The Manpower Ministry has said tighter checks accounted for the rise.

More foreigners are seeking permanent residency in Singapore. Some 46,900 of them were granted PR status in the first nine months of 2007, compared with 57,300 for all of the previous year.
lee seng

Melbourne, Australia

#7 Feb 11, 2011
it is easier to get fake degree now aday, not only that we can get other papers fake too,
for example: the singapore airline licence engineers, most of them get their work experience by cheating, they fill their log book by recording job that they haven't done, they sharing among them self the job card (job located) among them, this practice been follow for years, but no action been taken.

Vijayawada, India

#8 May 20, 2011
One of the student is studying with fake documents in AEC college bukit merah road Singapore. His name is Santosh who is studying Diploma in retail management.his course is going to finish in december 2011. how can i report about fake documents? to whom should i report ? please prevent the singapore from fake certificates.
Mahesh Kumar

Singapore, Singapore

#11 Aug 26, 2011
Another man charged with abetting wife in phantom worker scam
04:46 AM Aug 26, 2011
SINGAPORE - A 51-year-old man was charged in the Subordinate Courts yesterday with abetting his wife in making false declarations in work permit applications.

Tay Kheng Hin is accused of abetting Yeo Bog Hong, the owner of Hao Wei Cleaning & Maintenance Service, to falsely declare the number of locals employed by the company so as to inflate its foreign worker entitlement.

Tay faces 20 charges of abetting his wife to make false declarations. In addition, he faces one charge of abetting the illegal employment of a Chinese national as a cleaner. As he is a previous offender, Tay will be liable to a mandatory jail sentence if he is convicted. His case will be next heard on Sept 8.

The Ministry of Manpower said yesterday that 25 individuals and a company were convicted of such offences between January and July this year. Last year, 38 individuals and three companies were convicted.

Last week, a man was jailed a year for his role in another phantom worker scam. Tay Chee Heong 36, company director of United Abroad Construction Pte Ltd and Soon Xin Construction Pte Ltd, had pleaded guilty to 16 charges of falsely declaring the number of locals employed so as to inflate the foreign worker entitlement of the companies.

According to the statement of facts tendered by the prosecution, Tay was "uncooperative" in initial investigations and provided investigating officers with false leads. Tay had initially stated that he was the sole person involved, before changing it to a fictitious mastermind. Investigations were hampered with resources being mobilised to trace these leads, which turned out subsequently to be false.

The Ministry said it "takes a serious view of such phantom worker scams". Under the work pass framework, the foreign worker entitlement for companies is in place to prevent employer over-reliance on foreign workers at the expense of local workers.

Under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act, making a false declaration in a work pass application is punishable with a fine not exceeding S$15,000 and/or up to 12 months in jail, or both.
Peter Leon Quinn

Las Vegas, NV

#12 Sep 2, 2011
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Alfred Long wrote:
More offenders caught
Even so, foreigners caught using fake degrees in Singapore are on the rise.
In 2008, a China national working in Singapore as an engineer was fined $13,000 for using a fake degree, The traits Times reported.
The year before, an Indian national was fined $6,000 and jailed two weeks for using a passport bearing his cousin's name, and for buying a fake botany degree.
More than 400 foreigners were caught in 2007 for lying to the Manpower Ministry (MOM) in their work pass applications, a four-fold increase from the 97 cases in 2005.
MOM did not give a breakdown, but it was reported that most are believed to have used fake or forged qualifications to apply for employment passes and S-passes.

Sydney, Australia

#14 Sep 3, 2011
[QUOTE who="Alfred Long" foreigners caught using fake degrees in Singapore are on the rise.
[/QUOTE]Good on them, most of the jobs don't really require a degree anyway!
Connie Fisher

Singapore, Singapore

#15 Sep 7, 2011
lim seng teck

Singapore, Singapore

#16 Sep 26, 2011
Monday, Sep 26, 2011
The Business Times

False CVs on the rise in Asia

By Dolly Chia

MORE job applicants are lying about their employment history, with those in the IT as well as banking and financial services among the biggest culprits.

According to First Advantage, a provider of employment screening solutions, the proportion of employees misrepresenting their qualifications on their resume in Asia-Pacific rose to 4.4 per cent this year from 3.2 per cent last year.

Of the total number of discrepancies reported, 66.4 per cent involved employment history, a 2.5 percentage point jump from last year.

Education made up 15.25 per cent, down by half a point, while address made up 16.9 per cent, a 6.8-point increase.

First Advantage said that it made about one million background screens from the first quarter of 2010 till the second quarter of this year for its Employment Screening Trends report

Of the total number of discrepancies reported, employment verifications remain the most common, followed by address checks and education verification.

In a breakdown by industry, the banking and financial services industry, IT industry, and the IT-enabled services industry showed similar patterns of discrepancies.

In the banking and financial services industry, 63 per cent of the number of discrepancies involved employment history, up two points from last year; with an unchanged 20 per cent involving education, and a 10-point increase to 16 per cent involving address.

For the IT industry, the corresponding figures are 72 per cent for employment history, up one point; 9 per cent for education, up three points; and 19 per cent for address, down one point.

And for the IT-enabled services industry, the figures are 76.1 per cent for employment history, up 2.4 points; 5.1 per cent for education, a drop of less than a point; and over 18 per cent for address, up 0.3 of a point.

Charles Cortez

Guayaquil, Ecuador

#17 Nov 20, 2011
While most of these sites are all scam sites there a re a few that do deliver what they promise.Buddy of mine purchased a diploma from this site and was delivered what he asked for.They provide many services even having the chance of bein IT Technology Certified like Microsoft,Cisco,Comptia,Linux and many more updated certifications.Excellent website...

[url=" "]www.diploma-certscreati[/url]
Hector Gonzalez

Singapore, Singapore

#18 Jan 20, 2012
Manila's forgers graduate with honors from 'Recto University'
By Peter Shadbolt, CNN
January 17, 2012

CNN)-- If you don't have the time, inclination and, more importantly, the money to go to university in Manila, you can still get a degree. It will cost you between $US10 and $US60, it will take about two hours to complete and it will be fake.
Welcome to "Recto University," the name Manila mockingly gives to the strip of document counterfeiters that openly ply their trade between Claro M. Recto and Rizal Avenues in the Philippines capital.
Located a stone's throw from Manila's university district and, somewhat ironically, Manila City Jail, the counterfeiters of Recto can run off a university testamur, any type of diploma, a job reference and, more worryingly, a pilot's license and a seaman's certificate in a matter of hours.
"Today business is not so good," says a hawker sitting beside a makeshift sign displaying fake diplomas, driver's licenses and job references that can be bought for as little as 500 pesos (US$11.50).
"If we do five documents a day, we're doing well," he says smiling broadly. "Sunday is our best day, because people start class or work the next day. Term time at the universities is much better for us than the semester break.

Singapore, Singapore

#19 Feb 21, 2012
ok.i understand lot of reports from around.what are the charges for fake diploma holders.and what are the rules and regulation for this matter in singapore.special from mom and ica

Singapore, Singapore

#20 Feb 25, 2012
What I don't understand about fake certs is this - one can buy a certificate for sure, but when you succeed getting a job with the cert, you have to show some skills relevant to the job. If you have no skills whatsoever, and can't perform on the job, should the employer not be suspicious??


#21 Feb 26, 2012
I know someone using fake degree documents was hired (up to this moment) in singapore and he boast about it all the time and his salary is ranging SGD 3500

Melbourne, Australia

#22 Feb 27, 2012
I have a from Philippine who work as a waiter in Bahrain, last month I meet him in Singapore work as an aircraft Technician with Singapore airline, done know how he can get through the interview without the aircraft mechanic qualification...
Edu Arroyo

Singapore, Singapore

#23 Feb 27, 2012
sultan wrote:
I have a from Philippine who work as a waiter in Bahrain, last month I meet him in Singapore work as an aircraft Technician with Singapore airline, done know how he can get through the interview without the aircraft mechanic qualification...
If this story is true, I'm not flying that airline anymore!

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