20 September, 2009


How many doctors, plumbers, carpenters, teachers and lawyers have this type of

bogus qualification?  I keep getting this unsolicited e-mail in my in box.  LIME must have changed their settings.  Normally, their filters remove such obvious invitations to fraud from the server long before Outlook Express downloads them to my computer.   

I have been patiently deleting the messages.  But, they are getting more frequent, and annoying.  The last one read:


Is your lack of a degree holding you back from career advancement?

Are you having difficulty finding employment in your field of interest because you don’t have the paper to back it up – even though you are qualified?

If you are looking for a fast and effective solution, we can help!

Call us right now for your customized diploma: Inside U.SA.: 1-718-989-5746 Outside U.S.A.: +1-718-989-5746.

Just leave your NAME & TEL. PHONE # (with country-code) on the voicemail and one of our staff members will get back to you promptly!

You have got to wonder.  How many frustrated, ambitious but unqualified, persons fall victim to this fraudulent invitation.  It sounds so clean and above board.  The reality is just the opposite.  It is an invitation for the unqualified to put money into these tricksters’ pockets.  In exchange for the fee you get a bogus degree to add to your name.  The hope is that you might be able to fool your employer into accepting, and paying you a higher salary than you would otherwise be entitled.  In the USA or Europe there are agencies we can use to quickly find out who has a real qualification from who has gone to one of these diploma mills for a worthless certificate. 

But, here in the West Indies who is our consumer watchdog?  Who is our standard setter? 

We do not even measure the amount of gasoline coming out of the pumps.  Never in the history of Anguilla has any shop’s scales been tested by the non-existent Weights and Measures Officer.

There is no one, of course.  Take no qualifications at their face value.  You better check everything for yourself.  There is no one you can rely on to do it for you.

Meanwhile, I have taken my own steps to block this unwanted invitation from showing up in my in box again.

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  1. A former magistrate, no longer working in Anguilla, put out a press release about his getting a PhD from a university that has no campus and sells doctorate decrees for US$2500.

    The press officer of one of Anguilla's political parties claims to have a PhD but modesty refuses to say what institution he got it from. (I wonder if Pam knows and supports this.)

  2. I think that your statement about the checking of weights and scales is rather inaccurate.I recall as a child there used to be a person doing just that.How do I know this ,well my mom used to own a shop and this gentleman ,I dont remember his name,used to come around checking to make sure the weights were accurate.Perhaps you should say that its been a long time since this pratice has been suspended.There are a lot of areas where things could be improved if the Gov't would only care to act.I am really anxious for a change that most certainly is coming in the next election and I hope the new formed Gov't run hopeful by the APP will make the needed changes.

  3. I think the name of the person who placed melted lead on the scales on Anguilla was Edward Lake. He lived in North Valley not to far from where the late "Muscles" used to live.

    Government at least ensured that persons who were purporting to sell a pound of produce were actually selling just that.

    I had the pleasure of seeing a tourist being ripped off by a farmer selling potatoes on a scale that was already showing a pound before anything was placed on the scale. Furtunately the tourist picked up on it ands requested that the scale be adjusted (to the annoyance of the farmer who was caught in his fraudulent act.


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