Education is by far the most important and influential industry in the world. It’s also a $1.6 trillion-a-year sector with massive implications for the future of work and innovation.

But it’s also a sector that many people are unaware of or misinformed about. As such, it’s ripe for fraud. Education is the system of imparting knowledge and skills through schools, colleges, and universities. It’s also referred to as the education industry. 

Education system fraud is intentionally misleading or withholding information from students to sell products or services. Education fraud can take various forms, including academic dishonesty (i.e., cheating), selling a degree, wrongfully expelling a student, and tax evasion based on concealing one’s income level from tax authorities. 

That’s because there are different types of education system fraud, each with unique consequences. Education 2.0 Confererence will take you through the different types of education system fraud and what you need to know about stopping it from happening to your company, employees, or students.

Types Of Academic Fraud

The academic and education world is a cut-throat business. There are more than a few unscrupulous individuals who will stoop to any level to gain an edge in the marketplace. Academic and educational fraud is not only illegal, but it also has a devastating effect on those that take part in it. There are also myths floating around about academia and its imaginary dangers. How do you know if someone is sincere about their research or not? What to do if you get duped by someone who says they’re from your college? 

There are several different types of fraud in the education system. Education 2.0 Conference review these and provide key points to remember as you analyze the data for signs of fraud within your organization. 

  1. Fraudulent Certification
    Sometimes, educational or educational or work experience verification is not done correctly. Some diplomas are forged, or certificates are issued with incorrect information. It doesn’t happen often, but you should be aware of it and take care of it. It could result in someone being dishonestly hired or approved for a job they shouldn’t have been approved for.
  2. Falsifying Examination Results
    Falsifying examination results by cheating or other illicit means is a criminal offense under the Criminal Code. Cheating or other illicit means includes falsifying or attempting to falsify an examination result and providing misleading information to a person responsible for an examination result. It is not limited to altering the grade of an examination result but also changing the date and time of an examination result.
  3. Fraudulent Documentation
    In some cases, employees or students don’t have the documentation to prove the hours they worked or the level of knowledge they possessed. It could be a result of fraud, neglect, or outright sabotage. You need to be aware of this fraud, as it’s possible to spot it and take steps to protect yourself.
  4. Cheating
    Cheating is the act of intentionally altering or faking an exam result. Cheating includes various methods, including using a calculator or other electronic device, using a paper copy of the exam to cheat, using a friend or family member to cheat, using a fake answer sheet to cheat, and creating multiple copies of the exam paper.
  5. Plagiarism
    Plagiarism is copying and pasting material from another source, often without acknowledging the source. The term is most commonly used to describe academic dishonesty. Plagiarism is a critical offense that can lead to academic sanctions, including dismissal from school or loss of credit. In some cases, plagiarism may even be considered academic fraud.
  6. Bribery
    Bribery is generally considered a violation of the Code of Academic Integrity because it can lead to unfair results for students and treatment for faculty members. It is also considered unethical because it can undermine trust between faculty members and students. Bribery can be a form of academic fraud used to gain an advantage in an educational process or pressure a student into performing poorly on an exam. It can also be a form of academic fraud if used to influence the outcome of an educational process.

Academic and educational fraud is widespread and systemic in its scope. As such, an accurate understanding of its nature and scope is essential as we move forward to address it effectively and prevent it from reoccurring. We need to begin by recognizing that there are numerous varieties of academic and educational corruption. 

Spot Academic System Fraud 

In academic fraud, the person commits academic dishonesty by misrepresenting or concealing material facts to obtain an educational benefit. Academic fraud is a severe offense that can lead to academic sanctions, including dismissal from school or loss of credit. One of the best ways to avoid being scammed by education system fraud is to be aware of the signs. Knowing what to examine for will help you identify the various fraud types and prepare yourself for possible fallout. 

In some educational contexts, such as charter schools, private schools, and non-government organizations, there may be no system of cheques and balances to prevent or detect fraud. It is the realm of the informal and informal learning, where everything is done “by the book.” Strict compliance with the rules rarely happens in informal education. You rarely see the kind of in-your-face fraud that happens in formal education. To effectively tackle educational fraud, we must look at it from the ground up. 

Unfortunately, the data suggests that fraud is something that happens “as is” rather than being identified and prevented. That’s why Education 2.0 Conference reviewed and created the following recommendations: 

  • Ensure that the faculty and students clearly understand their rights under the law. It includes how long they have to call in sick, what they can and cannot do during work hours, and what constitutes harm. 
  • Keep an eye out for trends, and take steps to mitigate them. Trends can be opportunities for fraud and warning signs that you should watch out for. 
  • Have clear and consistent policies on leave time, examinations, during lectures, damages, injuries, and other issues. Make sure that those policies are easily accessible and known within the campus.

Digitisation Has Increased Academic Frauds

One of the biggest concerns regarding online classes is that they are not as safe as they seem. Education 2.0 Conference reviews that in 2014, the Department of Education released a report that showed that students who take online classes are more likely to cheat and commit fraud than those who attend face-to-face classes. It is because the online environment allows students to cheat without the fear of being caught. Additionally, students can take multiple classes at once, making it difficult to keep track of their assignments.

Regarding academic fraud, it is essential to remember that students may be cheating if they are not taking the class for its intended purpose. For example, if a student is taking a class to improve their GPA, it is more likely that they will cheat if they are taking multiple classes at once.

It is important to remember that academic fraud is not a sign of a lack of commitment on the student’s part. Students are more likely to cheat and scam if they are not taking the class for its intended purpose. With everything available at students’ and faculty’s disposal, it has become elementary for them to practice unhealthy ways to move ahead. 


Education is a risky business. It’s especially so when the people involved are untrustworthy or simply lazy. Unfortunately, this kind of fraud is expected in the education industry and can have devastating consequences for students, teachers, and parents. The internet has made it trouble-free for people to learn and access information. It has led to an increase in knowledge and education. However, some people use that knowledge and access to fraudulently obtain employment or gain access to school programs or resources. Education 2.0 Conference has tried to make you aware of the different types of education system fraud and what can be done to avert it. Understanding how to spot fraud will help you to spot it, and take steps to prevent it from happening to your company, employees, or students.