Following my posts on Essay Fraud and Cheating 2, I have received an email from Essay Fraud which reads as follows.
"You have blatantly libeled our organization. We do not sell any papers! As such, we have no 'competitors'! We will grant you 72 hours to remove this libelous post. Rest assured, your little misunderstanding will earn you quite the heap of legal problems if you do not comply."
I am always happy to receive comments from readers, including corrections. Accordingly, I have altered the wording of my post Cheating 2, and I am happy to adopt Essay Fraud's own description of itself as a watchdog organization. I note that Essay Fraud invites applications for membership from organizations satisfying certain criteria although I was unable to find any members named on its website. I was also unable to find a US address on its website.
Meanwhile, what are we to make of the threatening email? Quite the heap of punctuation, wouldn't you say? I can't quite place the idiomatic use of English ...
So I'm puzzled about the true purpose of Essay Fraud. It provides hundreds of names of what it claims are foreign sites, and no names of bona-fide American sites. So it could be used as a directory of the sites it claims to deprecate. Meanwhile, by complaining about the scandal of foreign papers, it effectively draws attention to the wider scandal of an outsourcing market in term papers. It identifies certain risks for students who wish to buy essays, and may have the effect of encouraging some students to write their own essays instead. And it exposes some systemic risks in the American education system, which educational institutions may wish to consider.
So the web presence of Essay Fraud has certain effects. I accept that by giving publicity to Essay Fraud, I may be helping to amplify some of these effects. So be it.
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