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Essay Mills Target University Freshers

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Reports have emerged that indicate a US firm has been targeting first-year university students' WhatsApp groups and offering them essay writing services.

The company is reportedly offering individuals made-to-order essays and have been hijacking group chats at five universities.

The messages have found their way into accommodation and course group chats, which are aimed to help freshers settle into university life.

In a group chat for freshers at Warwick's Bluebell accommodation, Quality Papers has sent messages to students offering to write essays for £7 per page, with payment after delivery.

The same number has appeared in WhatsApp groups for students at Imperial College London, Bath University, Birmingham University, and Durham University.

According to the website of Quality Papers, the company will write all papers from scratch and are guaranteed to have a 0% similarity index.

Professor Andrew Kincaid, a lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University, said: "The tactics employed by essay mills are abhorrent but it's clever marketing."

He added: "It is staggering to me that essay mills are legal in the UK. I'm astounded that we are laggards in dealing with this issue and allowing our reputation to be eroded."

The reports come after PayPal announced plans to withdraw its services from essay writing firms.