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writologist 2 | 30   Freelance Writer
May 18, 2017 | #1
It is unbelievable, but I recently got defrauded by a user who presented herself as a student in need of an English essay. The scam, who goes by the name Rachael, and email address Rachaelsmith13@yahoo MANAGED TO DUPE ME. I'm not done with her yet though. I have tracked her down. Turns out she resides in Sheffield, UK. I really hope that she sees this. I am planning on putting the paper online!

She advertised on the essaychat platform that she needed a 3000-word paper, after which she would make the payments. I never heard from her after submitting the essay. Matter of fact, she deleted/deactivated her email address. I am just warning you guys that not everything on this site is legitimate. We have frauds within us. This is very painful. Why does this site allow such people to make advertisements, anyway?

Related (from EssayChat):

Scammed by a Demon: I do not trust anyone here anymore, you never know who is who. My innocence has betrayed me time and again. Now I must pay for it. I am bleeding inside because I worked tirelessly to write 3000 words that the demon had requested promising that it shall pay £200. I would never do that to anyone. Stealing from one writer is like stealing from humanity. Online writing industry will soon fall into disrepute if such demons are allowed to continue with their exploits. People turn into religion for solace because of such demons. They have no religion and feel no remorse when they harm fellow human beings who are out to make a honest living.

Selfish people like "Rachael" the scamming demon are the main cause for spread of evil around the world. They would want to see the whole society tare down because of mistrust. Please folks learn from what has been done to me this day.. DO NOT ACCEPT ANY WORK WITHOUT PAY. PEOPLE ARE NOT WHAT YOU THINK THEY ARE HERE.

English Essay Student FraudMy message goes out to this evil which is here and could be reading my messages. My resolve to excel in what I do has only been strengthened. I will strive hard to help deserving fellow human beings. My religion is to spread humanity and hope. Guys you can help me get a genuine client, that's the only thing that would help alleviate the pain. I am not whining. I am trying to WARN people against that loathsome beast. It has left me feeling like a and it is my duty to warn others against the scoundrel who is somewhere around here. The demon and its minions will ruin the entire industry if we keep quite and we do not raise our voices. We must act unanimously to raise awareness in order to thwart its schemes. It keeps changing names and tact and someone else will fall victim to its schemes very soon.

Essaywrite: The creature and its minions must be hunted down. The mentality exhibited by the scammer is what has led to mistrust between peoples around the world. Such mentality will actually lead to an apocalyptic uprising between one people and another due to inability to trust each other.

Scamming an innocent writer is an act of terrorism and everyone must stand up against such characters. it's because of such mentality that humanity will eventually self destruct and we all have a role to play. We must ensure humanity survives longer by naming and shaming swindlers who are a cause of collapse of many governments around the world. That all sounds terrible. Always make sure you get $ up front!! These are lessons to learn by so man up and on to the next great piece for someone else!

Does anybody know where this Rachael is based? I was just checking my emails from last year as this sounded familiar. I was approached by a Rachael about writing an English Lit essay with payment to come after. She said she was from Massachusetts. Yeah, I Just checked the email, she told me she went to UMass Amherst. She was called Rachael Smith. She wanted an English Lit essay about Aphra Behn's Oroonoko last April. She said she went to UMass Amherst in Massachusetts, USA. Her address was rachaelsmith13@yahoo. She wanted me to write a 1500 word essay but wanted to pay after I'd sent her it. I sent her the intro (200 words) and she didn't get back to me.

wonder: Selfish scammers should be held accountable; you should share every information that you have about such a person in a public forum and let people help in bringing such a ruthless demon down. Acts of courage aimed at thwarting schemes of malevolent demons will deter even more dangerous demons and humanity will be saved from the grave sin of discord that this creature wants to sow among ourselves. Anyone who knows what is right to do and goes ahead to do it is a valiant hero who saves humanity and deserves every kind of praise. A valiant act however small is vile to demons whose conscience died long time ago. Their hope s that we all should act like them and bring ruin to a creation that God entrusted to us. So wage war against such people wherever they may be found. Their dream of making what is right to seem wrong and vice versa will never come true if we can stand up against them. If we allow what is right to be corrupted in front of our very own eyes, then we betray the very mothers who gave birth to us. We betray their hopes that they gave birth to worthy sons and daughters, who possess enough courage to stand against evil.

ProfessorVerb: Rather than being an apocalyptic event, one person getting ripped off is nothing new and I doubt it will cause the collapse of civilization as we know it. After all, people have been getting ripped off since we climbed down from the trees, and I'll bet there was more than one instance of banana-snatching before that. I'm not saying this is right, of course, but I am saying it's human nature so you should require payment in advance before writing a word.

Rebuttal: Professor verb, it depends on how your mind is conditioned to see things. To you it is just an ingrained habit of "normal" humans to scam others. The same things goes for extremists. To them, it's normal to behead a non believer. Smaller vices if unchecked metamorphose into a hideous beast that will at some point swallow entire humanity. People will start competing with each other to see who is more skilled in scamming. Best of the geniuses will invent a large scale scheme and within a short time and more people will be hurt. We are living in information society and simpler matters quickly spiral out-off control if unchecked. You had off Arab spring. Twitter msgs bringing down entire regimes. You had the rise of the new terror group. Deny the fact if you want, but the terror gained power after rumors spread that some members of US forces in Iraq had rapped a woman. To a lay man not willing to admit people in different cultures think differently. Rape is a common occurrence, but to people who have dignity and common sense, rape of one member of the community s rape of entire community.

So many people swore to get avenged after the rumors spread like wild fire. What mean is, think critically. An information society is a society where news spread fast. Politicians know ths and they who will to succeed have taken advantage of the loophole fully. Spreading les and all that. What I mean is, it may be that only one person is scammed today and we accept it as normal. Tomorrow, the statistics will rise and keep rising. People will eventually learn to brush it away even when 10 people are scammed everyday. The vice will take on a different face faster than you expect and consequences will be felt elsewhere when you are deep asleep n some part of the world, no pun intended. The things is spread of AIDS started when 1 human was infected, people at that time at least out of ignorance did nothing to stop it. We know better than to let criminals get away with what they do.Bottom line, you may experience harm at a later time in your life that is completely different from being scammed by a rogue customer, but looking at it closely, it could all be related to minor crimes committed by people that went unchecked sometimes back. I hope you get an image of what I am trying to say.

You remember the Danish cartoonist? If what he did took place in a different era, there would have been little or no consequence. Do not under estimate the power of the internet. If you understood it clearly, then you would be the fist person to condemn any act directed at harming anyone however trivial. That way can you be sure that you will less likely to come nto harm in the future. Ease of access of information makes unimaginable things happen within very short spans of time. Only you can police the internet and help prevent the spread of crime. The sooner we realize this the better.

Information in the internet is like a virus that does damage to a different part of the body and you do not realize it until t reaches an advanced stage where even lay men get to understand what is going on. If people rose up against such scammers, and event means to stop them, then an increase in revenue flows would be felt here and across online business as a result of increase in confidence. The person who scams another would not hesitate to still credit card information from others or break into financial systems and steal funds. Unfortunately, such people are less likely to spend money such money well, but would inevitably funds schemes that hurt all of us. In

Here we should call ourselves by one name only; ALL OF US. If one is hurt we are all hurt including the person who perpetrates the crime. The perpetrator should face the consequences of her actions in order to save all of us. We hope somewhere down the lne the laws of karma catch up with her. The law of karma has a scientific and psychological basis, and that's why she s bound to pay at some point down the line..

wordsies: Whoever lives under the impression that writers are not prone to scams is delusional. I get at least a dozen request every week with the "can I pay after delivery" clause. Just ignore them or send them a pre-made response with the reasons why you can't. However, a word of warning to students as well. Do not blindly trust a writer, go for a small order first - a page or two - to establish trust. Once that's out of the way, you're both pretty much safe for any future dealings. One more thing. Whatever your view of the world may be, you're not a good fit in this industry if you're incapable of protecting yourself from fraud. It's a common theme in this industry, sadly, and you have to be able to recognize it and prevent it.
wordsies    5 | 263 ☆☆   Freelance Writer
May 18, 2017 | #2
And that is why you never work without getting paid first. Especially on a 3000 word paper for someone you don't know....
Major 39 | 1,393 ☆☆☆  
May 18, 2017 | #3
The sooner you post the paper, the more chances you have to achieve *something*. If you wait, he/she will use it/submit it and you are left with nothing. If you post it, it would be indexed in Google / Bing / TurnItIn and he/she would not risk getting caught.
OP writologist 2 | 30   Freelance Writer
May 18, 2017 | #4
I have done so already (submitted it to course hero) ... but it does not show up in a plagiarism report yet. How long does it normally take to reflect that it is plagiarized?

The con is actually based in the UK. I did some background check on her and found out she is from Sheffield, or at least she texted me from there... I found someone on twitter who I highly suspect could be her... not so sure though. "Rachael X" on twitter. She often typed her name as such during the negotiations.
Major 39 | 1,393 ☆☆☆  
May 18, 2017 | #5
It's going to take a day or two before it shows up (but when an essay is checked in real time by a professor, it should show up quicker than that). Regarding the con, I doubt 'Rachel Smith' is the fraudster real name; they use common / meaningless names like 'Smith' to commit online crimes. I'm not even sure if Paypal checks the payer's name. The closest you can go to focus on an IP address and possible other information sent by email.
OP writologist 2 | 30   Freelance Writer
May 18, 2017 | #6
The closest you can go to focus on an IP address and possible other information sent by email.

Yeah, I actually used the email address to get the IP, which I then used to track the location. That's the best I could do with the IP, I guess?

If you could pull other tricks to bring her down using the IP address, here it is ""
Major 39 | 1,393 ☆☆☆  
May 18, 2017 | #7
It's an email (Yahoo) IP; it's not very helpful. The only sure thing is that the scammer communicated from the UK. The next best thing would be to use the Paypal's information/email (hm - but this 'student' has actually never paid you? - you completed the work without advance payment)? If so -- it was not very smart decision on your part...
OP writologist 2 | 30   Freelance Writer
May 19, 2017 | #8
you completed the work without advance payment)? If so -- it was not very smart decision on your part...

I agree.. Should have known better. But the student presented herself as a victim of fraud... I thought she was still naive and stuff.. It never crossed my mind that she was using the illustration to gain some sympathy and trust.

Where do you guys get your legitimate clients from BTW... I am really thirsty right now LMAO. A referral of at least one client?
Major 39 | 1,393 ☆☆☆  
May 19, 2017 | #9
Well, dog eats dog :| If he/she was really scammed, she 'revenged' by scamming another person. But I still don't understand why a freelance writer would want to complete the whole paper AND send it before getting paid. You should've told him/her that the paper was ready and it would be sent once the payment is completed (it didn't have to be the whole amount paid, but at least 50% or so).

Btw - your remark about her being a 'victim' may suggest you like working with the naive, too ;)
OP writologist 2 | 30   Freelance Writer
May 19, 2017 | #10
Btw - your remark about her being a 'victim' may suggest you like working with the naive, too ;)

Not quite. I just thought she was not the type to scam. But, I see what you are trying to say tho :(
essaywriter73 - | 15   Freelance Writer
May 27, 2017 | #11
Next time either don't work without advance payment or make them clear if you don't receive your payment within an hour you will post the entire work
Diphthong - | 3  
May 27, 2017 | #12
Rachel the Scammer. Did she delete her email after you requested for the payment?
OP writologist 2 | 30   Freelance Writer
May 28, 2017 | #13
Can you imagine?! How diabolic! Shouldn't have trusted her. I was fifty-fifty at first but decided to take the risk. Turns out I was dead wrong!
ProfessorVerb    35 | 839 ☆☆   Freelance Writer
Jun 02, 2017 | #14
I was fifty-fifty at first

I have mixed feelings about ambivalence.
G_Samuels    - | 1   Freelance Writer
Jun 06, 2017 | #15
Seems like I dodged a bullet as her email went to my spam folder. Next time, ask clients to pay upfront.
Krat_King_Cole    1 | 18   Freelance Writer
Jul 17, 2017 | #16
I only got scammed by one person and it was for a 1,000 easy paper. I let it go. I would refrain from taking sanctions. Think about the repercussions this could have on her VS what you're losing. I wouldn't publish online. Let it go.
Major 39 | 1,393 ☆☆☆  
Jul 17, 2017 | #17
What would you be losing if you publish a stolen paper online as your own? :)
Krat_King_Cole    1 | 18   Freelance Writer
Jul 19, 2017 | #18
At least you didn't get scammed by a company.....
writer4life - | 31   Freelance Writer
Aug 01, 2017 | #19
I see you've received several replies on this already (most concurring), but I will add my two cents. You learned a valuable lesson but if this person took the product without paying, they do not own the product. You do. You have the right to do with your project as you see fit, including publishing the paper. Either way (post or not), I'd never start without 50% up front and the balance before delivery. If the client wants to see your work first, and they have paid the 50%, let them see half the work. :) Freelancers like us rely on being paid for the work we do. At least this way, you won't lose as much if they don't pay for the second half. I'm sure this is nothing you don't already know.
Smiley73 4 | 428 ☆☆☆  
Aug 06, 2017 | #20
Please allow me to share my experience with unscrupulous students who work the academic outsourcing company system and defraud the writers in a different way. I often got defrauded by students at the former company where I worked in a different manner. I would work on the paper, submit it to the client and then wait out the 2 week unlimited revision deadline. The students would go on to to submit their paper, actually get a grade on it, tell me they got a good grade and give me a positive review for my work, and then, before the revision deadline is up, they would repeatedly come back asking me to make adjustments to the paper. "Make it sound like a new paper" they would tell me in the revision request without offering a valid reason for it.

I knew that the students were reselling the paper to their classmates because I actually had one of them request for me as a writer for a specific essay on the basis of, "I bought one of the papers that you wrote from my friend." I often told the companies that the students were working the unlimited revision policy to no avail. They just kept telling me to keep revising if the client wanted it because that was the promise the company gave. Defrauding comes in many forms in the academic outsourcing industry. It gets even worse when the company actually supports it. The writer ends up writing up to 14 versions of a paper "for free" and only the student and the company (who probably overcharged in the first place) gets something out of the original paper that was written.
healthresearcherUK    - | 14   Freelance Writer
Aug 09, 2017 | #21
Thanks for sharing the details. Some money up front, some money as agreed milestones are made, and hopefully neon lights will flash 'scammer' when they don't pay. Live and learn but don't get too caught up on it - altho totally understand your frustration!
Smiley73 4 | 428 ☆☆☆  
Aug 09, 2017 | #22
Hey David, the principle that you present totally works for the freelance independent writers. Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way for us folk who were pulled into the world of academic writing by the writing companies. In those instances, you work for the full price of the paper, with the hope that the company will not fine you for some trumped up charges regarding plagiarism, or that the student doesn't request for needless revisions just because he needs to have something explained in the essay. I never could get the clients to understand that they could ask questions without having to place an active revision request. Depending upon the number of revisions placed within a month, I would be docked for pay as well.

When you work for writing companies, they withhold your salary at least 2 weeks from the current month prior to paying you. They say that is because they need to see if the client will truly be satisfied with the paper and not file for refunds or what-have-you's. No money upfront or midway for company employed writers. Instead, it becomes a game of wait and see, hope, and rejoice, when you finally get your salary without any penalties included.
healthresearcherUK    - | 14   Freelance Writer
Aug 09, 2017 | #23
Hi Smiley,
Yeah that's true - I did the same thing working for an essay writing company and did get frustrated with the amendments requests process, just as you say. The company I worked for had a quality control department that would check the work and forward to the client. I used to get frustrated when a client made some general comments and the customer service team used to request my input without trying to clarify the issue (if there was one) with the client. Having said that I never had any payments withheld from them but it appears the contracts are heavily loaded in the essay writing company's favour.

All the best,
Smiley73 4 | 428 ☆☆☆  
Aug 13, 2017 | #24
Well David, in my case, the company always withheld the salary for 2 weeks in case the student decided to "file a refund". Basically, the student would get to use the paper and then, depending upon the grade they get, either pay me or decide that they got the grade already so the payment isn't necessary. They'd file a trumped up complaint about spelling and grammar, but then admit that the paper got them a decent to excellent grade. It's just that the teacher told them to next time "write their own paper". That told me that they were doing very bad in their class so when I did the work, it flagged the teacher. Those who did not speak English well enough to know the difference automatically accused me of plagiarism. Hence the "refund". The QAD would then, refund the client and then fine me up to 150% the cost of the refunded paper depending upon the "seriousness" of my offense to the client. I learned too late that trying to reason with the QAD would not work because they were not trained to listen, nor consider any other position except the client's. So when the client complains, the writer is automatically wrong and receives a penalty. It was not a very good working relationship. I wonder if we worked for the same companies a few times. I worked with around 6 before I finally settled at one company for almost 7 years.
healthresearcherUK    - | 14   Freelance Writer
Aug 15, 2017 | #25
Hey Smiley,
Sorry for the late reply, been away for a few days.
Finding a good company that respects its writers is tricky. The penalty of 150% is crazy!! This year, I started my own wee thing but then thought I would sign up with another company just until things picked up. I wrote the obligatory test paper and then revisited the terms and conditions (yeah I know arse about face) and after reading the 999 different reasons a penalty the size of a small economy could be introduced, I decided against it lol. I know the company was probably just being up front but it reminded me of the dental surgeon who explained in horrific detail the pain I would have following extraction of my wisdom teeth and as a consequence I still have those niggling babies to this day!

Nice to chat again.
Smiley73 4 | 428 ☆☆☆  
Aug 16, 2017 | #26
How are the niggling babies today David? I know, the penalties are outrageous. Yet, attaching myself to a company was the best option for me because I had no idea as to how to start getting clients to take notice of my talents and services. Teaming up with them meant that I could focus on simply getting the job done right without having to think about where the next series of clients would be coming from. That set up worked well for me for a number of years. Even as I moved from company to company due to the penalty situation. More recently though, the new edicts from the powers that be at my previous company seemed to be suffocating enough that I would practically be working for free. That is when I decided to cut my losses. Well, technically, I cut my losses after my last paycheck where they stiffed me on a few orders and insisted that my computation of the amount of money they paid me was wrong. I asked them how I could be wrong when they have the automated program for the salary credits and it was currently staring me in the face. They really ignored all of my inquiries after that. Since you already started as a freelancer, I have to tell you, love yourself first. The work may be hard to come by at the start, but it is worth it because you don't have the undue stress of having to deal with con artists who decide how much they want to pay you every month so they make up reasons to not pay you the full amount. No middleman means no stress. Sure it may be difficult to find regular clients, but it all evens out in the end.
healthresearcherUK    - | 14   Freelance Writer
Aug 16, 2017 | #27
I hope so my friend. You see, the niggling babies are doing fine now. Leave well alone i say lol. Totally agree, I still feel the odd urge to sign up with a company to get that warm, fuzzy feeling (yeah right!) from the security of work being available. Work will come I'm sure - i don't see any point in trying to compete on the same terms as the large companies but rather look to demonstrate a personal service that helps reassure potential clients. It will all come out in the wash as they say.
Smiley73 4 | 428 ☆☆☆  
Aug 17, 2017 | #28
I agree with you David. These days, even the students are already wise to the scam that the academic writing companies are writing. While they do have some fantastic writers, and let me toot my own horn here, I was one of them, it is the company that creates the unlawful and problematic situations. The writers just want to earn a living and the company leadership tends to get in the way of that due to their bottom line, they want to keep more of the profits for themselves.

Keep going down this path of freelancing. You can't go wrong. There are students who come by here looking for a writer that they feel comfortable working with. I don't doubt that you should come across a few clients as soon as the school year opens, who can become your regulars in the future. Just make sure to remain visible on this forum for as long as you can. The pieces of the puzzle, as they say, shall fall into place.


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