Many Chinese students have recently taken their ‘College English Test’ (CET 4 or 6) the second most stressful English exam in China, dwarfed only by the Gaokao. As the results start coming back, a cottage industry has blossomed on taobao selling, of course, counterfeit certificates.
Taobao wizards are promising authentic-looking certificates, customized with names, admission numbers, and various personal data points, which “are safe as employers do not check on them.” Cheap certificates are selling for as cheap as 1RMB (but, let’s be real, you likely get what you pay for here) while the fancy fakes are hitting as high as 3,680 yuan.
China Daily has published a nice little piece warning job applicants that, oh hey, applying for work with a 1 yuan fake English certificate might be a little bit unethical. Apparently, employees hired with faked certificates “may lose their jobs,” to put it lightly, and could potentially face legal consequences for fraud.
Selling such certificates is technically a violation of taobao’s service agreement, and we know how strictly the online marketplace cracks down on fake goods.