FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BBB serving Central Virginia
Contact: Tom Gallagher, President & CEO
Diploma…or Online Dilemma BBB Warns Against Online High School Diplomas
Richmond, VA- Better Business Bureau serving Central Virginia is warning students against contacting an online high school to earn a diploma. “Always do your research” says 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 been receiving reports of a school that, currently, goes by Pacific High School and is charging $250 for an online high school diploma. However, once the consumers attempted to use the diploma, either to get into college or apply for a job they are told the diploma is useless. Consumers are then unable to locate or communicate with the school to receive a refund.
Over the past year BBB has received over 2,000 inquiries for these online high schools. BBB strongly warns consumers against taking part in these offers. If you think you might be in contact with an online diploma scam you can contact your local BBB at bbb.org/Richmond.
About BBB: BBB serving Central Virginia serves Richmond, the Tri-Cities, Charlottesville, and Fredericksburg, as well as 42 surrounding counties from Fauquier to Mecklenburg and Northumberland to Amherst. The nonprofit organization was established in 1954 to advance responsible, honest, and ethical business practices and to promote customer confidence through self-regulation of business. Core services of BBB include business profiles, dispute resolution, truth-in advertising, consumer and business education, and charity review.