Self-proclaimed MPC World Record Holder is a Fraud

Shayan Akhtar, a student from Okara, recently claimed that he had set a new world record by scoring 998 marks out of total 1,000 in a Microsoft Professional Certificate programme.

Shayan had claimed that Bill Gates had invited him for meeting which was scheduled for July 2012 – and has now been proven to be completely untrue. Shayan is accused of fabricating facts and communication records to gain popularity for reasons not known to Microsoft.

The forged invite read:

We’ve just contacted Shayan Anique to confirm his Bill Gates Invitation. He is invited by Mr Gates to visit Microsoft Corporation in November because of the work he had done in the field of Microsoft Technologies like ASP.NET, MVC, .NET FRAMEWORK and WINDOWS PHONE.

He is also a youngest MCPD in Windows Phone and Web Development 4. Although we have sent his world Records Documents for Verification to Guinness. We have also verified his MCP Transcript from Microsoft. It is totally valid.

We will inform you as soon as we receive reply from Guinness.

Your’s Sincerely,

-

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Main Office
PO Box 23350
Seattle, WA 98102 

Microsoft officials also explained that the company does not keep track of ages for its certified professionals anymore – so there’s no point of users claiming they’re the youngest or oldest certified professional.

The student also claimed that his name will appear in next publication of the Guinness Book of World Records for his extraordinary achievement. He was under the impression that his certification (in November 2011) was a recent record which was why his name wasn’t (and still isn’t) appearing in online searches for world records on the Guinness website.

The Punjab government was also considering honouring Shayan by throwing a ceremony for him which of course, isn’t happening now. It is unknown whether Microsoft will take legal action regarding the fabrication of Microsoft personnel and misleading the public, but one thing we do know is that it must suck to be Shayan right about now.

Source: ProPakistani

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This is like the guy a couple of weeks ago that said he was like 16... when he was clearly almost 40... anyone have the link to that story?

xendrome said,
This is like the guy a couple of weeks ago that said he was like 16... when he was clearly almost 40... anyone have the link to that story?

He is 16, I know some people who look really mature but are very young actually.

Who the hell says "Totally" in this type of occasion? When's the last time you've ever heard Bill Gates say "Totally"?

"We have also verified his MCP Transcript from Microsoft. It is totally valid."

Yea, like totally dude...

The entire letter sounds like a scam email would be written, obviously faked.

Detection said,
"We have also verified his MCP Transcript from Microsoft. It is totally valid."

Yea, like totally dude...

The entire letter sounds like a scam email would be written, obviously faked.

LOL. What's funnier is that it should be "MPC" as in Microsoft professional Certificate not "MCP"... then the use of "totally" really ruins it for him! Haha!

Zeikku said,

LOL. What's funnier is that it should be "MPC" as in Microsoft professional Certificate not "MCP"... then the use of "totally" really ruins it for him! Haha!


A MCP is a Microsoft Certified Professional.

Zeikku said,

LOL. What's funnier is that it should be "MPC" as in Microsoft professional Certificate not "MCP"... then the use of "totally" really ruins it for him! Haha!


I LOL at you back. MCP is Microsoft Certified Professional. Don't LOL people when you don't know jack.

Oh dear, what a clot! It just shows that so called clever people, can be just as stupid as the average moron out there! As for the Punjabi government, I guess they are saying, "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me!"

Oh thank god! Don't mean to be nasty, but it is the selfish, jealous person in me that wanted this to be not true! I am busting a gut revising for my 70-640 and don't think I am going to get it, again! lol

If he faked the letter/MS correspondance, I wonder did he cheat/use brain dumps for the actual exam(s) he sat?

yeoo_andy_ni said,
Oh thank god! Don't mean to be nasty, but it is the selfish, jealous person in me that wanted this to be not true! I am busting a gut revising for my 70-640 and don't think I am going to get it, again! lol

If he faked the letter/MS correspondance, I wonder did he cheat/use brain dumps for the actual exam(s) he sat?

Who says he took the exams?

neonspark said,
guys, bing "test king" you can get the answers to all the MSFT tests from them. duh. who can't score perfect then.
Are they not "similar" questions, rather than being copies of the actual exams? If they were the exact answers, it would make having exams null and void as all you're proving is you've got a good memory, not that you can admin AD or perform complex scripting operations in SQL.

neonspark said,
guys, bing "test king" you can get the answers to all the MSFT tests from them. duh. who can't score perfect then.

Most certification tests are like that. That is the main reason I put very little faith in certifications and would rather work with people who value real experience over a piece of paper.

roadwarrior said,

Most certification tests are like that. That is the main reason I put very little faith in certifications and would rather work with people who value real experience over a piece of paper.

+1. I know a bunch of young (<25) people who are all proud to get their A+ or similar certs and couldn't tie their shoes IT-wise. They have little real-world experience. Hard not to put them down when they think they are the next best thing since sliced bread.

neonspark said,
guys, bing "test king" you can get the answers to all the MSFT tests from them. duh. who can't score perfect then.

There are many like that. Pass4sure as well.
One of my previous employers wanted me to take the Vista exam, practically made me do it. I was given practice questions to prepare. I was surprised to see in the exam the exact same questions, word for word. Later found out they came from pass4sure and all my colleagues were given the same ones. Explains how you can finish a 65 question exam in under 10mins... As for the experience afterwards? Useless.

yeoo_andy_ni said,
Are they not "similar" questions, rather than being copies of the actual exams? If they were the exact answers, it would make having exams null and void as all you're proving is you've got a good memory, not that you can admin AD or perform complex scripting operations in SQL.
I agree with you. Anyone can get dumps from sites it has all question Microsoft asking for years, all you have to do is memorize the question and option number(a,b,c,d) that's it you got 100%.

BGM said,
that language of that email screams phoney to me.

Yes, how could anyone think that was written by an English-speaking person? Then again, the Neowin article has several mistakes, too...

Skwerl said,

Yes, how could anyone think that was written by an English-speaking person? Then again, the Neowin article has several mistakes, too...

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