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​Beware of Fake Organizations Claiming to Offer Certifications

A recent New York Times article highlights the growing popularity of online organizations selling phony academic degrees and certifications. Con artists have established hundreds of websites, many of them fictitious universities claiming to offer online education, diplomas, certifications, and accreditations. A growing number of well-intentioned professionals have fallen victim to this type of scam.

The IIA reminds candidates that all global IIA certifications and qualifications (CIA, CCSA, CFSA, CGAP, CRMA, and QIAL) are only granted by The IIA and can only be obtained by sitting for the exam(s)/case studies at an approved Pearson VUE test center. The IIA urges candidates to beware of these scams and investigate any suspicious claims. A partial list of phony organizations claiming to offer certifications and diplomas can be found on the New York Times website.

Visit The IIA's Certifications page or contact your local Institute to learn more about The IIA’s certification and qualification programs and legitimate requirements. You may also contact IIA Customer Relations to confirm the legitimacy of your certifications: CustomerRelations@theiia.org.