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1. Is the website copy written in flawless and natural English?


Nowadays, copy on the majority of essay writing websites, including the copy on foreign-based sites, will have been proofread by a native English speaker. But take a look at some of the other sections on the web page, such as the graphics or multimedia elements. These are not always proofread to the same degree. Common English language errors or the use of odd expressions on these other sections can reveal the true origin of the website in question.

2. When phoning the company, does the sales/support person speak to you in faultless, natural English, and without a foreign accent?


The work ethics and employment standards employed by many foreign-based essay writing companies are not usually comparable to those of companies in developed nations. For a start, these foreign-based companies predominantly work with ESL writers from developing nations who are only paid a few dollars per page. Similarly, their sales and support staff are paid nothing like the salary that is paid to qualified equivalent staff who are based in countries such as the US, UK, Canada or Australia.

3. When chatting online, is the written English of the sales/support person flawless and natural?


It's relatively straightforward for companies to have their web copy proofread by a native English speaker, and, subsequently, for their website to appear to be legitimate. It is, however, almost impossible to hide English language flaws and oddities in live conversations. If a company hires ESL speakers to directly handle your sales or support requests, imagine what kind of writers they work with behind the scenes.

4. If the company claims to be located:

In the US: Is it incorporated in Delaware, Nevada, Virginia, or Wyoming?


For foreign essay writing companies, Delaware, Nevada, Virginia, and Wyoming are the most popular states to incorporate in. This is because they are the least costly states in which to form and run a corporation. Hence, it makes sense for foreign-based companies to open a virtual office in one of those states in the pretense that they are operating as a domestic corporation. Legitimate companies form a corporation in their home state. It is very unlikely that a legitimate academic research company will be physically located in Delaware, Nevada, Virginia, or Wyoming.

In the UK: Does it have a valid Company House number and a UK business bank account?


A company with a Company House number will have to pay UK tax and is consequently more likely to be genuine. Foreign companies are unlikely to get UK business bank accounts.

5. Are positive reviews about an essay service posted by alleged satisfied clients written in broken English?


The fact is that satisfied clients DO NOT post online unsolicited and positive comments about their experiences with particular essay websites. If they are happy, they directly thank their writers for a good job and move on with their lives. Positive comments about a particular company are also often written in broken English. And that usually means that the posts have been authored by the company's own writers.

6. Does the company secretly operate multiple websites providing the same writing service?


This is probably the most notorious sign that an essay writing company is operating in a deceptive and non-legitimate way. By creating multiple websites that are seemingly unrelated, these companies trick their clients into thinking that they are ordering essays from different companies. This is an integral part of their business model: they create dozens of unique-looking websites and, as soon as one is revealed as a scam, they simply promote another website.

7. Does the website look and feel too fancy and flashy?


There's nothing wrong with a great looking website. Website design, however, has become rather an obsession for foreign-based companies. Like putting lipstick on a pig, these companies hope that their website's glossy design will deceive clients into not noticing their real origin, their lack of ethical and business standards, and the poor quality of their custom essays. Unfortunately, their deception usually succeeds and unsuspecting students pay the price.