Would you be able to attest a fake degree for me for a certain “fee”?
This is a request I received recently through Agreements Online. Verbatim. No lie. Hmmm. This is a tough one. What to do? Time to seek some balanced, sensible, trustworthy guidance on the appropriate moral standpoint to take. So I sought out my trusty advisors. Well, okay – I asked a couple of BFFs. “Ask for a fee of R8 million” was one recommendation. This was closely countered by another who saw an opportunity and declared that if there was money to be had, I ought to be sharing it around. After due consideration, I decided that (a) my conscience doesn’t come that cheap, and (b) perhaps I should find some new friends. However, I did rather like another suggestion I received: to inform my requester that I’m a consultant for the NPA. Okay – so I’m not a NPA consultant. But interestingly, the only person recommending that I reject the request was a fellow attorney. So what’s the moral of the story? If you’re looking for someone to certify your fake degree, don’t ask a lawyer to do it. The legal profession may have acquired a shaky reputation for a variety of reasons, but certifying fake documents is not one of them.