Would you pay a hacker to add your name to a college list?
According to this article on CNN.com, that's exactly what people are doing. Additionally, there are apparently websites that allow you to sign up with them and use that site's phone number on your resume to verify fictional past employment. Is it any wonder that employers are conducting more and more in-depth background checks.
By the way, according to the article, here are the penalties if you answered yes to my question:
"People could be charged with a felony for hacking into a university's database, according to criminal lawyers. And if a false degree leads to higher pay for a job candidate, he or she could be accused of criminal fraud by the employer."
FOLLOW-UP: Business 2.0 has an article on its site that tells you how to (legally) beat the machines and software that are currently in use at many corporations for sorting resumes. Unethical, perhaps, but not illegal.