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Axact, which has its headquarters in Karachi, Pakistan, ostensibly operates as a software company. <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/18/world/asia/fake-diplomas-real-cash-pakistani-company-axact-reaps-millions-columbiana-barkley.html">Related Article</a>
Axact, which has its headquarters in Karachi, Pakistan, ostensibly operates as a software company. Related ArticleCredit Sara Farid for The New York Times
6 Q’s About the News

Read the article and answer the news questions below.

In “Fake Diplomas, Real Cash: Pakistani Company Axact Reaps Millions,” Declan Walsh reports on a secretive software company selling fake online degrees.

WHAT kind of international scam is the company Axact running?

HOW much in estimated revenue does Axact glean each year from many thousands of people around the world?

WHERE is the company based?

HOW does the company lure potential international customers to enroll in its fake online degree programs?


HOW does Axact hide its role as the owner of this fake education empire?

WHO is Axact’s founder and chief executive?

WHAT is he working hard to become in Pakistan?

WHAT are some of the names of these fake online universities?

WHAT strategies does Axact use to make its fictitious schools seem legitimate?

HOW do Axact sales agents use tough tactics to make even more money for the company?

WHAT evidence did The New York Times use to back up its reporting?


For Higher-Order Thinking

WHY might so many people around the world be vulnerable to a predatory company like Axact?

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