We have provided the information on this page to help YOU avoid being ripped off by essay scam companies. There are many custom essay websites on the web. Some are genuine. Some will rip you off. It is hard to spot which are the genuine websites but with our help, you'll be an expert in hunting them down.
Congratulations, you have already found one of the legitimate sites - www.ukessays.com
To help you decide which custom essay writing sites you can trust, we have prepared the following to help you:
www.ukessays.com is a part of All Answers Ltd. Founded in 2003 All Answers Ltd. runs a portfolio of websites that deliver answers, research and other services to students, academics and professionals.
www.ukessays.com passes all of the 'scam buster' tests (below) with flying colours!
Whether or not you choose to use our service, we urge you to protect yourself by learning how to tell the difference between a genuine website and a scam.
There are three types of scam websites you should be wary of; those run by:
Remember, not all essay websites operate this way. There are some simple checks you can carry out to protect yourself from the sharks that are just out there to make a 'quick buck'.
Be careful. 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. Don't be fooled by easy tricks such as the use of 'co.uk' domains which anyone can buy (see 'Top 7 'tricks' used by scam essay companies' below).
A genuine UK company won't mind that you insist on:
After all, you're paying for custom work, and under UK consumer protection law, you are entitled to get what you pay for! But don't be surprised if they say no or mumble something that sounds like an excuse. There are not many foreign companies who are willing to give these guarantees and put their money where their mouth is.
TIP! If the website name is listed 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.
Remember, 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.
Sort Code: 20-55-62
Account Number: 43267652
Account Name: All Answers Ltd and we're happy for you to make a small deposit to test that these details are genuine.
Now, ask yourself, would you complete the work for 30% of the price the website is charging? 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).
Press coverage isn't a guarantee that a website is UK-based and genuine, just as lack of press coverage doesn't mean the website will scam you. Positive press coverage is a sign that the company is likely to be genuine and likely to deliver on their promises.
We can't guarantee that if you follow these 7 steps, the website you use will give you what they promise. There are a small number of dishonest companies operating in the UK and these are much harder to spot.
What we can guarantee is that if you follow these 7 steps, you'll be able to identify 99.5% of foreign, dishonest, scam companies, saving you time, money and upset.
That's okay - we understand how important this decision is!
The very best way to reassure yourself that we're genuine is to give us a call and speak to our team. We have a few accents in the office, but they are all distinctively English! Olivia, our friendly Yorkshire Customer Experience team member, and Karina, our outgoing Cornish HR Manager, are just two of the many friendly voices you'll hear on the end of our phone lines.
We're looking forward to speaking to you and putting your mind at rest.
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. It takes 5 minutes to register a domain name, from anywhere in the world!
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! There are hundreds of royalty free image sites where you can download them for free!
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 is 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?
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.
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. You can do this by going to any of the search engines and entering the newspaper name and the essay website name, for example "bbc news ukessays.com".
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.
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. In fact, we know from experience that newspapers generally don't allow the use of their logos on commercial websites. Check out the story on the newspaper's website make sure it exists and if it does, that the quote hasn't been taken out of context.
All UK websites must comply with a number of legal requirements. If the website you're thinking of using doesn't comply with this list, ask yourself whether or not it is likely to be a genuine UK-based company.
Briefly, UK websites must:
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