The University of the West Indies (The UWI), Mona, Jamaica, says it is currently investigating the sale of certificates purporting to be undergraduate and post graduate degrees conferred by the institution.
The University has condemned the actions of those involved, adding that the matter is quite concerning.
“We wish to advise employers, educational institutions and all others concerned to be vigilant and on the alert for these non-genuine documents,” a statement from The UWI read.
It has also advised those who come into possession of the counterfeit documents to report the matter to the Fraud Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
It noted that all certificates conferred by the University have security features to guarantee authenticity.
“We encourage any organisation in doubt of the legitimacy of degrees or certificates to contact our Examinations Sections for verification of same,” the statement continued.
In related news, reports are that the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) has also mounted an investigation into a fraudulent online scheme, offering fake passes/certificates for its examinations.
CXC officials are reported to have said that they were alerted to the scheme by Facebook posts from a user advertising certificates from The UWI, CXC and the HEART NSTA Trust.
The user was said to be using the name Anny Campbell.