With the United States still at a slow pace to economic recovery, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there are approximately 12.3 million Americans still out of work. The 2000 Census figures tell us that anywhere from 11% to 27% of Americans over the age of 25 don't have a high school diploma. During this time, many Americans are searching for ways to better their lives, educate themselves and look for ways to be more competitive in the job-market. Many are using this time for continued education or as an opportunity to obtain a General Equivalency Degree (GED). Certainly with today’s Internet resources, consumers are overcome by online advertisements for continuing education. A quick Internet search will unveil hundreds of firms which provide limited or no course work, life experience degrees or the opportunity to earn your GED online. Many of these firms provide no education value and a worthless piece of paper for huge fees. Today, traditional brick and mortar education has certainly expanded well beyond the borders of a school’s geographic boundaries and online education has become the norm for many Americans. For consumers, you can’t let your guard down by becoming mesmerized by the ease of signing up for online instruction or the option of obtaining a GED online. There are hundreds of companies that offer GED help online, evening or weekend classes, and even provide a practice test for a hefty fee. Certain companies even go as far as to state that their GED practice exam is accepted by employers as an alternative to actually taking the nationally standardized and accepted exam. Many of these firms are fraudulent and offer nothing more than a fake piece of paper for an outrageous fee.