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Man poses as ‘fake’ student for nearly two years at University of Auckland

A scam involving a man posing as a medical student is under investigation at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, according to NZCity News.

The man, who pretended to be a medical student for two years despite failing to gain medical school entry, attended classes and took part in a number of school activities including the study of human cadavers.

He didn’t have a swipe card for access to many teaching areas, and appeared to have tailgated other students to get in. The man also admitted waiting outside exam rooms to give the impression he was sitting exams, but would slip away when everyone went in.

The university’s investigating reports into the scam said the man gave every impression to other students in the classes that he had been offered a place in the program. The university has since made changes, including to its student ID card system and name badges, to help prevent a repeat, although access to lectures will remain open.

The university will also receive a new automated system perform remote checks on the police database – with appropriate privacy provisions – to if those enrolling have committed criminal offences.

Read the full story here.

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