Dissertations for sale £80 / 1000 words

Yesterday in the public environment of a crowded railway carriage I sat listening to a guy doing a deal on his mobile phone. He was arranging to have a dissertation written by a third party at a cost of £80 per 1,000 words!

This ghost writing of academic work was clearly regular business for the guy brokering the deal as he quoted different rates for different types of assignments. I am interested to know if these ‘rip off’ productions fool the academics marking them. There is good software checking available now – and anyway a short conversation with the ‘author’ should clarify whether she / he understands what has been written.

I am happy to announce that I won’t be joining this illegal trade, in any case my tyyypos would give me away too easily!

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