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Graduates who post ‘degree selfies’ risk fuelling fraud, university watchdog warns

Graduation officers have returned to campuses across the UK to post out degree certificates to students
Graduation officers have returned to campuses across the UK to post out degree certificates to students

Graduates who post selfies with their degree because they cannot celebrate at face-to-face ceremonies risk fuelling fraud, the higher education watchdog has warned.

 University leavers have been urged not to publish photographs of themselves on social media brandishing their degree certificates as it alerts counterfeiters to the latest logos, signatories and wording.

 The warning comes amid concerns that graduates will be more likely to share pictures online since they are being denied their usual graduation photo opportunities due to face-to-face ceremonies being cancelled this year.

Prospects, which runs the Hedd Degree Fraud Service on behalf of the Office for Students, has issued the warning as it expects the number of graduates posting selfies to rise.

Graduation officers have returned to campuses across the UK to post out degree certificates to students who spent their

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Woman stunned by friends’ ‘cold’ reaction to online post: ‘It may sound petty…’

Group Chat is In The Know’s weekly advice column, where our editors respond to your questions about dating, friendships, family, social media and beyond. Have a question for the chat? Submit it here anonymously and we’ll do our best to reply.

Hi, Group Chat,

I, like a lot of people, have been actively sharing BLM content on my Instagram since the death of George Floyd resulted in kind of a mass social awakening in America. I’ve been going to protests and educating myself with books and articles, as well — it’s a work in progress, obviously, but I am happy so far with the work I’m doing personally. My friends, however, are another story.

Not only have they seemingly gone back to life as usual on Instagram (going to brunch, the beach, etc.), they’ve also fully stopped interacting with my content altogether. It may sound petty, but I’m very painfully

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