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Essay mills use promise of Turnitin check to sell their work

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Essay-writing firms claim that they use a service offered by Turnitin, a plagiarism detection tool used by universities, to provide their customers with reassurance that the work they purchase will not be flagged as suspicious.

HE approached a UK-based essay mill and asked the price of a masters-level essay about Chinese politics. In response, the company informed us that for £117.92 we would receive the essay and a “plagiarism report…from Turnitin/WriteCheck, so you have an assurance that your work is 100 per cent customised”. 

HE did not go through with the purchase and has chosen not to give the company publicity by naming it. Other essay-writing firms claim on social media that they too are using a “Turnitin plagiarism checker” to guarantee essays are unique.

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