A Harvard degree can get you far in life—even if you haven’t actually earned one. It’s a favorite trick of shady businessmen, society poseurs, and outright con artists: Just slip an invented degree onto your résumé, and—voilà!—watch the doors and wallets open. Inevitably, you’ll be caught, like everyone in this rogues’ gallery. So enjoy the ruse while it lasts, and, if anyone asks, remind him of your alma mater’s motto: Veritas!

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