Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Fake "University of Redwood" admission scam had been used in a comedy routine

The Wall Street Journal discusses a website portraying a fictitious "University of Redwood," with images apparently copied from Reed College. The underlying scam is described in the following way:

Officials at Reed suspect the site is part of a scheme to collect application fees from prospective students in Hong Kong and Asia. After collecting a fee, "a shrewd scammer could wait several weeks, then issue a rejection letter, and the student would never know," said Martin Ringle, chief technology officer at Reed.

As to originality, LBE notes that this "scam" was depicted in a comedy routine utilized by Dean Richard Badger of the University of Chicago Law School more than ten years ago. In the comedy routine, Badger was running the admissions office of the fictitious Princeton University School of Law. He would collect admissions fees to the non-existent school, and he suspected the rejected applicants would be afraid to inquire about their rejection.

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