Better Business Bureau warns students of online high school diploma scam

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — High school graduation season is coming to a close, but for some they won’t be receiving the diploma they worked for.

The Central Virginia Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning students against using an online high school to get a diploma.

“Always do your research” said Tom Gallagher, President & CEO “verify the accreditation of the high school with the Department of Education to make sure the diploma will be authentic before paying any money or starting any course work.”

BBB has gotten reports that one of the “high schools,” Pacific High School has been charging students $250 for an online high school diploma. Students later tried to use the diplomas for college and job applications only to find out that they were ineffective. Consumers have been unable to successfully contact the school for a refund.

Since 2016, the BBB has gotten over 2,000 inquiries regarding the online high schools. BBB strongly encourages consumers not to accept those offers. They urge anyone who thinks they might be in contact with an online diploma scam to contact their local  BBB at bbb.org/Richmond.

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