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Fake titles in different parts of the world: Avoid them today!

Fake titles represent an increasing problem in different parts of the world. This behavioral phenomenon is dishonest and can put many lives at risk. In this blog, we will share with you cases that have occurred in China, Colombia, and Spain.

Counterfeiting is an ancient phenomenon, one that’s becoming more and more prevalent worldwide. Sadly, over the years, society in general, has slowly been losing some fundamental values. Freedom has been confused with deception and corruption. When training professionals for the future, the human side of the equation must be taken into account. Honesty and dignity must prevail. We must transform education back into an integral practice and go beyond only transmitting practical, scientific, philosophical, or technological knowledge.

The dishonesty in submitting fake academic degrees is unacceptable, becoming increasingly concerning. Although almost all areas in life are affected by fake certificates, we will focus specifically on cases concerning education and health personnel. Two extremely important jobs, since both of them, form the foundation of life and society.

China: Teachers

In 2018 two native Chinese who worked in an English language school in Beijing were accused and arrested for creating false diplomas for foreign teachers. They were sentenced to 8 months, one year of probation, and had to pay a fine of 11,590 yuan.

The Chinese population has a very strong preference for foreign English teachers. The favoritism for foreign teachers is undeniable, first for their authentic English and second, for their Caucasian appearance, which generates bigger confidence in their capabilities as a teacher. So much so, that the more Caucasian their appearance, the more money they receive. This has brought “teachers” from all over the world to get teaching jobs and present false diplomas to institutions. Back in 2018 the presence of 400,000 foreigners working as teachers was estimated, of which only a third are considered to be legally certified.

Colombia: Teachers

Another case of forgery by a teacher was presented in Cartagena, Colombia. Emelia Carmona Fuentes was a teacher dismissed and prohibited from working as a teacher for 15 years for the falsification of diplomas. With the intention of obtaining a promotion in her job, Carmona Fuentes presented a diploma that certified her as a graduate in early childhood education. This was discovered by the authorities to be false and the act itself was described as a very serious offense.

On the one hand, there are teachers who are supposed to be in charge of training professionals and upright people for the future, but on the other hand, we have people from health-oriented occupations who falsify their diplomas to “save lives”.

Spain: Nurses

In Elda, Spain, the Alicante College of Nursing had been receiving complaints from hospitals and nursing homes about a man posing as a nurse from the College of Nursing. Said college realized that he did not appear in the system and that he had never studied at this College of Nursing. It was a 29-year-old Spanish man who offered his services as a nurse, taking advantage of the shortage of medical personnel in the midst of the pandemic. He used his false diplomas in hospitals and residences, in which he taught nursing degrees.

This man was detained by the Spanish authorities and has been accused of the crime of documentary falsification, and usurpation of public functions and intrusion.

Colombia: Doctors

The Colombian Prosecutor’s Office has been investigating doctors who falsified specializations in Brazil. Doctors Javier Locano Botero, Rodolfo López Zapata, and Victor Manuel Jaramillo Torres were accused of procedural fraud and falsehood in a private document. All three presented false diplomas to the Ministry of Education on alleged specializations in reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgery, from the University Veiga de Almeida from Rio de Janeiro. Apparently, the doctors made a trip to Rio de Janeiro, in which they got a diploma, not a specialization, as they claimed. It is impossible to confuse a diploma with a specialization. A diploma takes a few hours – a specialization can take up to 4 years.

And finally, a man posed as a doctor for 8 years in Colombia.

Juan Pablo Orozco practiced as a doctor in 5 municipalities of Antioquia for eight years. Apparently, the false doctor was in Argentina with the intention of doing a specialization in Otorhinolaryngology. While he was there, he was discovered by the Argentine authorities and expelled from the country.

This false doctor had been practicing the profession for 8 years, in which he put many people’s lives at risk. The big question is: How could this not have been discovered before?


Many paths and avenues can present themselves to you throughout your life. It is in your hands to make responsible and assertive decisions. Avoiding fraud and being truthful is a matter of free will and basic integrity.


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