Students warned of dangers of posting results' selfies on social media

Students and new graduates are being warned of the dangers of posting selfies with their exam and degree certificates on social media.

The photos would be a “counterfeiter’s paradise”, providing an opportunity for fraudsters to copy the latest university logos, crests, signatories, stamps, holograms and wording, fuelling a multimillion-pound industry.

Graduate careers expert Prospects manages the Hedd Degree Fraud Service, and has issued the warning as the graduation period gets under way.

It is advising students to cover up any identifying details on their certificates before taking photos to stop the creation of forgeries.

“Fraudsters need only to look through graduation hashtags to find hundreds of reference points.

“Fake certificates are commonly sold online for a few pounds and can be passed off as genuine to unwitting employers.