Life’s not quite easy during the pandemic. While there may be a relief from travelling across the city get tired while commuting, there are other risks that loom large. Online education scam is one of the many evils that have emerged during the Covid crisis.
Since educational institutions are largely closed for students, people are opting for online coaches to supplement their studies. These trainings include attending webinars, podcasts, virtual classroom streaming and one to one coaching.
Online coaching is getting popular by the day. But, at the same time, it is becoming a hunting ground for the cybercriminals, who are leaving no stone unturned to take the advantage of the situation.
Here are the 4 most common scams that are currently going on in the garb of online education:
1) Non-existent schools and colleges
This scam involves creating a fake website and charging people for a course and then never delivering the product. Anyone can set up an educational institution online. And after a person pays money to them they just cut all the contacts with them.
2) Fake qualifications
It is very easy to fall for scams that promises professional qualifications. The frauds out there can easily make you attend the lectures online, but when it comes to providing the professional certificate they fail to do so.
3) Promises of employment
In this case the course that is offered is not the problem. The main problem is the money that is promised at the end of course. So basically these scammers are selling courses that gurrantees work, or a set of clients at the end of the course.
4) Exorbitant fees webinars that are conducted by celebs
There are some fraudsters who lure people by saying that this particular celebrity, YouTuber, industry expert will take your webinar. But the reality is completely different. And you find no such person taking any webinar. There will be someone who’s a normal guy or a girl who will take the session.
Basically, these scammers just copy the official websites of some genuine online coachings and they take advantage of that company’s name and fame. They circulate the link of the fake website that they created among the people. When you will compare those 2 sites you will find a lot of differences in both of the sites, so beware!
Digital marketing, content writing, personal development, IT & software courses, graphic designing, social media marketing are some of the trending courses. And scammers are trying their level best to attract people by offering such courses.
So it’s the prime responsibility of to be aware of things happening around us.
There are some tips to avoid being tricked by educational scams-:
1) Check the accreditation of online degrees
2) Avoid universities that uses the names of famous institutions
3) Don’t pay the tuition fees upfront ask them whether you can pay in installments
4) If getting a certificate or a degree seems too fast and easy then you should reconsider that.
5) Check what resources they are offering
6) Always check the official website
7) Verify their contact details
8) Check reviews on Google.