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Scammers target people trying to get GED

JANESVILLE, WI (WTAQ) - Students who are trying to get state GED high school equivalency diplomas have until January 1st to complete the current series of tests.

Because of the deadline, scammers are reportedly trying to get students to buy fake diplomas for up to $2,500 each.

Terese Tann of Blackhawk Technical College near Janesville said somebody recently tried to enroll at her school with a false diploma. She sees an average of one or two per year.

Considering what the scammers charge, Tann tells the Janesville Gazette that the GED program costs next to nothing. The classes are free. The tests run about $75, and a grant program will cover those fees for those who enroll soon.

Tann said around 1,100 adults in Rock and Green counties have started the current GED exams, but have not completed them. She says they often take two weeks to six months for folks to finish them.

Paper and pencil versions will expire at the end of the year. The new tests will be offered exclusively online starting in 2014, and officials say they’ll be harder.

They’ll have two essay questions instead of one – and they’ll be aligned to the new Common Core standards, which help students become ready for college or careers