Degrees of deception: how fake universities targeted the Middle East

Two fake universities based in Norway have been awarding worthless doctorates and diplomas to people in the Middle East, an investigation has revealed.

One of them is Bay Ridge University for Studies and Research, run from a $300-a-month rented office in Oslo. Its bogus certificates have been advertised in the Middle East for prices ranging from $450 for a “professional diploma” to $1,150 for a bachelor’s degree.