How can you tell when something has gained enough traction and acceptance in the software development field that it can definitely no longer be ignored or minimalized? When it’s popular enough to be the basis for a scam.

Here, Michael Bolton blogs about a supposed “agile testing certification.” It looks like a total scam to me right from the start – lack of details or links to other organizations, use of copyrighted images, and mostly the horrifically botched English spelling, grammar, and punctuation. But to his credit, Michael attempts to do some research into who the “World Agile Qualifications Board” is, and just why they have any authority to offer certifications such as “Agile Practitioner Certificate” and “Agile Master Certificate.” I won’t link to the scam site here; please read Michael’s post, where he provides a link.

Here’s what I predict will happen to anyone who actually tries to sign up for the first “training” offered:

1. Response will include instructions for paying the £990 fee, possibly via credit card but most likely via some obscure method such as money order or wire service.

2. Once they’ve tricked enough suckers into paying up front, right around May 2009, the website will disappear.

Pathetic? Yes. But also kind of cool – if someone has bothered to make a scam based on agile testing, it must be pretty well accepted in our industry, right? At least that’s my positive spin on it. 😉

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