Essay Scam Busters!

Essay scam bustersWarning - Stay away from scam essay companies

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There are many custom essay companies on the web. Some are genuine. Some are not. It is hard to spot which are the genuine companies. Fraudulent, dodgy companies will make you all sorts of guarantees and promises to induce you into making a payment.

If they succeed, the only thing you can guarantee is one of two outcomes:-

Remember, not all essay companies operate this way. There are some simple checks you can carry out to protect yourself from the essay sharks that are just out there to make a ‘quick buck’.

Whether or not you choose to use Essay UK, we urge you to protect yourself and learn how to tell the difference between a genuine company and a scam.

Essay UK is a genuine UK Company.

We pass all of the ’scam buster’ tests with flying colours!

  • Our UK landline number is 0203 908 8221.
    Please give us a call - you won’t hear any strange ring tones or foreign voices here!
  • We’re a registered UK company.
    Our company name is Student Academic Services Limited. Our company number is 08866484. Feel free to check us out at Companies House!
  • We have a UK business bank account with Natwest through which we can take payments.
  • We're registered for VAT
    You can check our status with the European Commission here. Just use GB - United Kingdom as the member state, insert our VAT number (279049368) and put the same details in 'Requester Member State / VAT number'.
  • Our prices are realistic.
    That’s because we only use professionals.

 

Your top 7 scam-buster checks

  1. Use a UK-based Company.
  2. Why? Because if the Company is based in the UK, they are subject to UK Law, and the jurisdiction of the UK courts. Can you imagine trying to sue a company based in India or Pakistan? Even if you were successful, how would you get your money if they didn’t pay?

    If you choose a UK company, you won’t necessarily get a qualified UK writer but at least if they are based in the UK, you’ll be able to take them to court if things go wrong.

    Of course, many companies claim to be UK-based but aren’t really — so you need to run a few checks to make sure you’re really dealing with a UK company - and don’t be fooled by easy tricks such as the use of ‘co.uk’ domains which anyone can buy (see ‘Top 10 ‘tricks’ used by scam essay companies’ below).

  3. Make sure they have a genuine UK landline telephone number.
  4. Anyone can get an 0845 or 0800 number, and these numbers can be forwarded to anywhere in the world.

    If the Company claims they’re using 0845 or 0800 numbers because it lets their customers ring them cheaply, thank them for being so considerate — and then ask them for a UK landline number you can call them on - because if they’re in the UK, they must have one as well.

    It’s a little harder to get a UK landline number if you’re not in the UK- although not impossible. Unfortunately, some scam companies have set up call forwarding which again, can be used to send the call anywhere in the world (at your expense!). So give the number a call.

    • Listen to the ringtone - does it sound odd?
    • Listen to their accent (if they answer).
    • Ask them where they’re based.

    If they say somewhere you’re familiar with, like ‘London’ for example, ask them a couple of ‘local knowledge’ questions about London which wouldn’t be easy to look up on Google.

    Our landline number is 0203 908 8221. Please give us a call - you won't hear any strange ring tones or foreign voices here!

  5. Check their credentials.
  6. It’s safer to deal with registered companies as they have to comply with certain legal requirements. Under UK law, all registered companies must list on their website their company number, as well as some other details (see ‘Legal Requirements for UK Websites’ below).. If the details they provide are genuine, they’ll be listed at Companies House. You can run a free search on the Companies House site using ‘Web Check’.

    If they provide a ‘Company Number’, make sure it actually matches the name registered at Companies House, and make sure the Company is not listed as ‘Dissolved’ or has no pending applications (to be struck off, i.e. removed from the register, for example).

    If they do check out at Companies House but you run in to difficulties with the Company at a later stage, you can download a lot of useful information about them from the Companies House website, including the names and addresses of the directors and company secretaries, for a small fee of approximately £1.00 per document.

    Click here to download our certificate of incorporation.

  7. Ask for their UK bank account details.
  8. Unless they have a contact in the UK helping them, it’s practically impossible for a foreign company to get a UK bank account. So ask them for their bank account information - account name, sort code, account number and the name of the bank.

    Don’t accept any excuses for them not giving you this information - it would be extremely difficult for you to misuse it, so they have no reason to refuse to hand it over.

    To ensure they didn’t just give you fake details, make a small deposit into their bank account of a few pence and ask them to confirm what the amount was. They should be able to do this straight away or within a few minutes if the account belongs to them as companies have access to internet banking to check for payments from their customers, and to process telephone payments.

  9. Consider their prices - are they realistic?
  10. Remember that they exist to make a profit. So realistically, they’re going to be paying their writers between 10 and 30% of the fee that they charge you.

    Now, ask yourself, would you complete the work for this fee? Would a professional writer? If the answer is no, be on your guard!

    If prices look too good to be true, they probably are (unfortunately).

  11. Look for UK press coverage.
  12. This isn’t a guarantee that a company is genuine and UK based, but if reporters have visited the Company’s offices, it’s a good sign.

    Be aware that quotes are easy to fake - so don’t believe press coverage you read on their website. Where they say for example that ‘The Times bought an essay from them and said it was great’, go and look up the story on the newspaper’s website, or ask for proof that the story is genuine.

    Newspapers frequently commission undercover journalists to place orders, as well. So if you see on a newspaper’s website that a newspaper has done this, and they actually got an essay delivered for their money, this is a good indication that the Company is at least not a scam.

  13. Read the website.
  14. We’re shocked and amazed that people still order from scam companies when the content of their websites are often written in ‘pigeon English’. If you struggle with English yourself, get a native English speaker to have a quick look over the site. Is it well written? Whilst a few spelling mistakes might just be genuine typos, there are certain common mistakes that will be obvious to a native English speaker, but not so obvious to someone with English as their second language.

 

Top 7 ‘tricks’ used by scam essay companies

Don’t be fooled by these easy-to-do tricks. Anyone can replicate them.

  1. Using a co.uk domain name
  2. Remember that anyone, anywhere in the world, can buy a co.uk domain name. Do you really think this means you’re dealing with a UK company? Think again.

  3. Using ‘British’ images
  4. Some of the websites that appear in Google’s listings for custom essays have UK flags and images of UK universities. Anyone can put these images on their website. It doesn’t mean they’re based in the UK!

  5. Displaying convincing testimonials
  6. Anyone can write a good fake ‘testimonial’ and make it sound genuine. It happens a lot, as you might have guessed, and the Office of Fair Trading are often involved with companies making wild claims through fake customer testimonials. Did you know that under UK law, companies are obliged to provide evidence that testimonials are genuine, if requested?

    Keep in mind: Most students who have used a custom essay service prefer to keep their identity confidential and would never give permission for their name or photograph to appear on a custom essay website. If you see a testimonial with a name and photo on a custom essay website, it is almost certainly FAKE. This tells you something about the company behind the website.

  7. Writing shining ‘Reviews’ on other websites and forums
  8. These are really easy to do - the Company just registers for a new account, and creates a few fake messages, pretending to be a student, saying how they got a great essay from the Company’s website. The same companies often slate other, genuine websites to gain an advantage. Don’t trust reviews unless you’re certain who wrote them.

  9. Claiming the Press have investigated them, favourably
  10. Anyone can write press quotations on their website, but are they genuine? You need to check out how genuine they are on the newspaper’s website. Often, quotes are taken out of context, or a website will write 'as featured in ... [newspaper name]', when the review in that newspaper was actually negative.

    Keep in mind: Newspapers tend to misunderstand what custom essay writing services are about, and often paint companies in a negative light. There have been no positive reviews of other companies to our knowledge. If a website says they were featured in a particular publication, it was almost certainly negative press!

  11. Using paid listings on Google Adwords
  12. You might think because Google allows a company to advertise its website on their paid listings, the website must be genuine. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. We complain almost every week to Google about scam companies posting adverts on the highlighted search results, but Google take no action. Don’t trust a site just because Google allow them to advertise.

  13. Endorsements
  14. You might see some attractive badges on the Company’s website that suggest they are part of ‘consumer protection’ groups. These are very easy to forge (and if you do a little research, you’ll often find that the groups don’t exist). You should also be wary of them name dropping, saying they work with companies you know to be reputable. Check out their claims as we’ve found many are just shameless lies!

    Another trick we’ve noticed is that some sites use a newspaper’s logo next to a quote. Don’t be fooled. Just because the Company is using the newspaper’s logo, doesn’t mean the story is authentic. Check out the story on the newspaper’s website - check it exists, and if it does, that the quote hasn’t been taken out of context.

 

Legal requirements for UK Websites

All UK websites must comply with a number of legal requirements. Our company complies with all of the legal requirements for UK websites. If the website you’re thinking of using doesn’t comply with this list, ask yourself whether the Company is likely to be a genuine UK-based company.

Briefly, UK websites must:

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