Although some degree mills might claim to be accredited, these accrediting organizations don't have recognition from the United States Department of Education or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation and are thus not valid, mentions the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Fake accrediting organizations are called accreditation mills and sometimes exist to make degree mills appear authentic. They sometimes may let degree mills buy their accreditation and publish inaccurate lists of accredited schools, warns the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
Those who need to check whether a college has legitimate accreditation or is a degree mill can do a search on the Council for Higher Education Accreditation's online database. The GetEducated website also has a database of degree mills to check.