China warns students about 30 fake universities

08:39 PM | 29 Jun, 2016
China warns students about 30 fake universities
BEIJING: Chinese students have been warned to steer clear of fake educational institutions, after an educational information website published a list of 30 such universities following the annual college entry exam in June.

No less than a dozen provinces and regions - including Beijing and Shanghai - were mentioned in a list by, an education information website, according to Chinese state TV Xinhua.

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Some 30 fake universities were mentioned in what is now the sixth such list in existence, compounding an already populated list of 400, amassed since 2013.

The institutions are part of a massive, lucrative market in China, involving criminals tricking prospective students into sending them tuition fees. This is often done by impersonating or closely replicating the names and websites of popular colleges and universities.

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However, the scammers have learned their lesson and are now often using much less prominent institutions as blueprints for their own university names and websites.

All of this deception is often accompanied by course and department information and pictures pulled directly from existing institutions.

As part of the scam, students are sent payment information slightly earlier than actual schools. Authorities say it’s a unified criminal effort, as the IP address is the same every time, leading the police to Hong Kong. But police said that since the appearance of, things had become better for the students at risk.

Chinese educational authorities are also working with police to bring the fraudsters to justice before China’s approximately nine million prospective students file their applications this year.

The writer is a member of the staff.


Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 24 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 24, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

On Saturday, Euro stands at 302  for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 February 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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