Academic writers simply do not know how to band together. Instead of supporting one another and adopting a united stance against companies which fine writers, inexcusably delay payment and offer insultingly low per page fees, they violently bicker amongst themselves. Why are you, as an academic writer, surprised when you become these companies’ next victim?

Many of you are well-aware of the efforts which a certain individual has invested into raising both writer and customer awareness through the exposition of the less than honest companies.

This person has spent incalculable hours investigating model custom research companies and, through this industry’s leading forum, warning against those who defraud customers and/or writers.   Instead of listening to her and understanding that you, the writers, have everything to gain by following her directions and nothing to lose, many of you have chosen to ignore her advice. The outcome: you end up being scammed.

There are two questions which need to be asked and answered here.   The first is what writers can do to avoid getting scammed and, the second pertains to that which they can do in the event that they have been taken in and robbed of their rightful financial dues.

Avoiding:

  • Even without any prior knowledge of a company’s track record with its writers, you can easily determine whether or not they run a clean operation.

Just ask yourself these questions?

What is their writer recruitment policy?   Did they just take your word for those multiple degrees you say you have or did they demand proof of academic qualifications?   Note that any who hire without checking writer-applicant credentials are treating their customers both unfairly and dishonestly.

  • You may be qualified and you may well have been very honest about your qualifications but, many others misrepresent themselves.
  • A company which does not verify writer credentials, despite telling customers that all their writers are MA and PhD material, is dishonest.
  • Just as they scam their customers they will scam you, their writer.

Do you speak English as a Second Language?

If you do and supposing that the company you work for tells its customers that all its writers are UK and US-based Native English language speakers, it is guilty of consumer fraud.

Such a company will scam you, just as it does its customers.

If you are an ESL writer, you really need to ask yourself this question: are your English language skills good enough for you to write professionally?   Be honest with yourself when answering this question.

If the answer is `no, ’ you can be very certain that the company in question will use any/all language mistakes you make in your write-ups to fine you and ensure that you are paid close to nothing, if anything at all.

Given that they care very little about quality, they will use your work and the customer will pay in full.

You, however, will not receive the agreed upon payment.

Therefore, if you were hired despite your inability to write proper English, you will not be paid.

Is the company transparent about its nationality, ownership and the websites under its umbrella?

If it isn’t, you need to stay away.

Why would any company try to conceal its client-end websites from its writers, lie about its nationality or keep its ownership a secret?

Do you know the percentage you are being paid?   If the client paid $100, what is your cut?

Companies which conceal this are ones you need to stay away from.

Do not accept payment delays which are longer than one week. Even then, the company must explain why your pay has been delayed. There is absolutely no excuse for the delay of writers’ payments for periods extending several weeks.   Do not be taken in by their excuses and promises. As soon as the pay delay extends beyond a week, immediately stop working on any and all orders on your panel.

In brief, use your common sense.

Confronting:

  • You have been scammed. The company has not paid you and/or is imposing exorbitant fines upon you. Should you just accept it and move on? Never!   It is precisely because writers move on that these companies are able to scam one writer after the other.

What do you do:

  • Write to them and demand immediate payment or the lifting of any/all fines imposed on you.   If the company is unable to provide a valid reason for non-payment, such as your having plagiarised or the customer’s having ordered a chargeback because your work was unacceptable (they should provide you with the relevant documentary evidence), persist.

Should they ignore you or refuse to concede to your rightful demands, warn them that you will be reporting the incident to both their payment processor and the relevant authorities.

You should also tell them that you will post your experience across the internet.

In the event of their non-compliance with your demands, contact their payment processor (check your payment statements to identify who they are) and report the vendor/company.

  • You must provide them with the supporting evidence.
  • Log onto this forum, essayscam. org, complaintsboard. com, etc and publish your experience.
  • Provide the evidence.
  • Without evidence, your statement is nothing other than an empty, meaningless claim.
Browsing internet

You can, through this forum, open a password-protected sub-forum controlled by you. Do so and collect as many names as you can of writers who have been defrauded by the same company. Collect the names and contact information and, together, take joint legal action against the company.

Report them to the relevant authorities. Contact information for most all countries is available here:

  • Of course, the small claims court is another, excellent, option.
  • However, many writers are not willing, or cannot afford to, go this route.
  • Do not, under any and all circumstances, write it off as a loss and move on.
  • Do not ne a victim.
  • Take action and protect your rights.