Mumbai University warns of fake marksheet delivery offers at home

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale  - Senior Editor
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Following reports about social media advertisements promising to deliver Mumbai University (MU) marksheets at your doorstep for a fee of Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000, the MU administration has taken swift action. In a statement issued on April 17, Mumbai University said it would file a complaint with the police and urged people to beware of scams involving fake exam results.

A Pune resident saw an advertisement on Facebook that said he could get his Mumbai University degree at home for Rs 10,000 to Rs 12,000 a day, and that's how the university came to know about the fraud scheme. A fake marksheet of the sixth semester of Bachelor of Science course was sent on WhatsApp to the person who called the number given in the advertisement. After that, the fraudsters ask for an advance payment of Rs 2,000.

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According to the University of Mumbai, the purported marksheet of B.Sc Semester VI dated April 6, 2024 is a fake document created using Photoshop or other tools and signed by the previous Director of Examinations, the university said in a statement issued on April 17 night. went. , The statement also urged people to beware of degree givers and fake marksheets.

Fake marksheet scam is not new. Last year in Pune, eight persons were booked for their involvement in arranging for 11 fake boards and universities, including Mumbai University, as well as distributing certificates to several students. Police interrogation revealed that the accused had collected a huge amount of money in return for issuing fake marksheets and other documents. The case of distribution of fake certificates was related to 2,739 students. As a result, the accused received payments ranging from Rs 35,000 to Rs 80,000 in exchange for the papers and mark sheets.

In another case, BKC police detained three engineering students and two employees of Mumbai University for allegedly forging official signatures and producing false certificates. The five allegedly used fake revaluation certificates signed by the sub-registrar of the revaluation section to help at least 41 students who had failed in their semester exams.

The crew typed the certificate on university letterhead using Photoshop and then added a fake signature. Each document costs Rs 10,000. A police officer said the scam came to light when representatives of a city college noticed irregularities in some of the certificates submitted by students.

Officials of the examination house at the university claim that a college had informed them about a “fake certificate” submitted by a re-admission student, which had the signature of a fake sub-registrar. Police detected 41 such incidents after contacting other concerned engineering institutes. The volume of these fake certificates was alarming and indicated a problem. A police report was immediately lodged at BKC police station.

In 2022, Mumbai Crime Branch Unit 11 arrested a gang that was allegedly producing fake university certificates. Police said they had received information that two persons, Pritesh Jain and Raviprakash Morya, were making fake university certificates from an office in Borivali East, close to the National Park. Following his apprehension, his workplace was searched and police found a laptop, two hard drives, Rs 1 lakh in cash, pen drive, several certificates and other documents.

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