Except, you forgot one minor detail: google. Imagine the surprise of administrators and faculty members at Reed College when they googled themselves and found that in addition to their positions at Reed, they also held positions at the prestigious University of Redwood. Yes, the University of Redwood, "one of the nation's prominent institutions of the liberal arts and sciences." Except for one minor detail--the University of Redwood doesn't exist. Apparently, administrators at Reed College are working hard to get the University of Redwood web site taken down. In the meantime, however, the web site likely continues to receive applications from unsuspecting victims. Given the quality of the forgery, I can't say I blame applicants for thinking that the University of Redwood is a real school--especially international applicants who are much less likely to want to visit campus when considering prospective schools. The WSJ notes:
Even Reed's history was stolen. "Redwood is named after the Oregon pioneers Simeon and Amanda Redwood," says the Redwood site. Reed is named after Oregon pioneers Simeon and Amanda Reed.
Given that the web site will likely be shut down soon, I wouldn't be surprised if those running the scam tried something more bold in a final attempt to extract money from victims of the fraud. It wouldn't be difficult for the fraudsters to send out a few acceptances, asking for some upfront tuition payment as a condition of acceptance, or something of the sort. Let's hope that word of the scam spreads quickly to those considering the University of Redwood as an institution of higher education.