Included in a separate project we identified approximately 1000 distinct websites offering essay-writing or related services to students in Higher Education. We analysed the sites to determine people who indicated that they’re able to run as ‘legitimate’ businesses and that they are subject to regulation by UK law, having been ‘incorporated’ under the Companies Act 2006 (UK Government 2016b) that they are owned by companies listed at Companies House in the UK, meaning. We analysed 26 sites operated by a total of 21 companies that are apparently distinct each had separate listings at Companies House. We also analysed a few additional sites from Australia in addition to USA, making an overall total of 31 sites. We now have not included the identity of the specific companies in this publication for the following reasons: 1. We do not wish to advertise that is further services of those companies, either through this publication or through any publicity connected with it. 2. We haven’t any guarantee that the company number given on these websites is in fact that of the company which runs your website. In many cases the names are identical however in others this is not the outcome. 3. The content of the article is academic opinion and not the cornerstone for legal proceedings. We have shared, confidentially, the identities for the companies aided by the reviewers with this manuscript and in addition with the UK Quality Assurance Agency who also identified a number of UK-based companies within their recent report on essay mills (QAA 2016).
In 2016 we accessed the websites of those companies to address a series of questions (Table 1) which would then allow us to consider the relevant sections of the Fraud Act july. Questions were addressed by one author (VI) with cross checking by a second (MD). When it comes to final question “Is the advertising potentially misleading (compared to disclaimer/terms + conditions)?”, the authors considered the advertising to be misleading if it (as an example) gave the impression that work purchased from the site could be submitted just as if it were a student’s own work, without citing the company. (más…)