Charlotte BBB warns about diploma scam

By Sharon Smith - bio l email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - It's called Nation High School and the local Better Business Bureau gives it an "F" rating.

Nation High School promises a quick and easy route for people to obtain the equivalent of their high school diploma, or GED. The business is based in Charlotte and has nearly 30 complaints in less than a year. The BBB says Nation High School has failed to respond to most of the complaints.

"It's unfortunate that students who are trying to better their lives by completing their education are being taken advantage of," said BBB President Tom Bartholomy.

Bartholomy calls the business a "diploma mill" because consumers pay for a piece of paper which ends up worthless. Fees range anywhere from $150 to $800 for a degree or diploma.

One victim paid $250 for his degree, then went to apply for college. That's when Victor Moore found out his degree was not accepted.

In North Carolina, it's impossible to get a valid high school diploma or GED online. The only way is register and take a battery of tests at your local community college. Courses are often free, and the tests only costs a few dollars.

Meanwhile, the BBB says it has handed possible evidence over to the North Carolina Attorney General's Office and United States Postal Service.

Attempts to reach the listed owner of Nation High School were unsuccessful. The listed business address was occupied by someone else. One phone number obtained by the BBB was disconnected and phone calls to Nation High School's business line were either put on hold, or disconnected.

"Consumers had all the right plans here, but they picked the wrong company to start with," said Bartholomy.