GED Testing service has filed suit to stop fraudulent online ‘schools’ offering fake high school credentials in a bid to both protect victims unaware that their purchase is essentially worthless and to stop any degradation of value for holders of real GED credentials.
“With the filing of this lawsuit, GED Testing Service has taken action to help protect adults who wish to improve their lives by earning a high school equivalency credential,” said Randy Trask, president of GED Testing Service. “In these tough economic times, competition for jobs is intense and a high school credential is typically the minimum educational requirement for employment. It is reprehensible that fraudulent websites are taking advantage of those who are seeking a credential that will help them be better positioned to find jobs and support their families.”
The suit is the culmination of a long campaign by GED Testing Service to tackle these scams; they’ve previously issued alerts and cooperated with attorney general’s offices in providing information about fraudulent ‘providers’. The action is filed jointly with the American Council on Education and alleges deceptive and misleading practices by website connected to Senford High School and Sunshine High School that are intended to defraud consumers. Specifically, they are targeting misuse of the GED® trademark by these sites.
The GED® test must be taken in-person at an official GED® testing center. Those individuals successfully passing the complete battery are issued a credential directly by the state. If the credential is not issued by the state, it is not associated with the GED testing program and is unlikely to provide any benefit to those seeking better jobs or admission to college.
Sites advertising these fake diplomas as the genuine article have become very popular lately and often rank highly in search engines. Many people purchase them without realizing that their diploma is invalid and potentially worse than useless.