They’re known as “diploma mills.” Each year, more than 350 websites posing as legitimate online universities sell 200,000 degrees around the US and other countries. Though they may seem real, the sites offer fake diplomas, accredited by bogus institutions, for several hundred to several thousand dollars. There are several key tells that an online school is little more than a diploma mill. In 2015, the New York Times published an investigation of Axact, a Pakistani diploma mill that operated “schools” with names like Columbiana, Barkley, and Mount Lincoln. The promise of ‘experience’ College degrees are proof you earned an education.