The world of fake coursera certificates

  • by Amando Abreu
  • on 13 May 2020

Coursera is an online platform that allows you to study and get certified on a variety of topics. It’s what’s called a “MOOC” or Massive Open Online Courses platform.

I ran into a service in the darkweb offering verifiable coursera certificates for a fee.(they 100% look like they came from coursera, and you an even verify their authenticity) prices started from $10.

Fake Verifiable Coursera Certificates

I like a good security vulnerability as much as the next guy, so I got curious. Is this due to a vulnerability? If so, I’m gonna try to get the guy to fess up, and then I’ll simply report it to coursera and my good deed for the day is done.

I add him on skype.

Me: “Hey, I’m here for the coursera certificates”

Him: “Hey. Yes. I can give you all the premium courses, Google IT, CISCO Networking, Python, etc”

Me: “Can I get an example to see if it’s verifiable?”


I look up the name on the certificate on Linkedin, lo-and behold:

Coursera ensures that all certificates earned are secure, carry identity verification and have academic integrity.

They might need to do a better job, and AFAIK they are making some courses harder to cheat than others.

The importance of a certificate is inversely proportional to the ease of cheating on it.

About the author

Amando Abreu is a serial entrepreneur, Fractional CTO, and engineer who has been involved in several startups and launched dozens of products. He has worked with companies such as trivago, Portugal Telecom, and Vizrt. He has experience in several industries, most notably e-commerce, SaaS, media, travel, insurance, property development, and construction.
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