Companies like Edubirdie offer academic cheating platforms, connecting freelance writers with desperate students who pay hundreds of dollars to have their academic papers written for them. Edubirdie recruited clients with ‘epic parties’ on campus who offered organizers $ 250, as well as branded mugs and a traveler standing with the company mascot, in return for posting five or more photos. of students posing with the traveler and with a hashtag with #EduBirdieParty. The organizer whose party received the most attention would get $ 3,000 and a 2-hour DJ set.
This is just one of the many techniques used by cheating platforms to develop business, including organizing deceptive “study groups”: a recruiter posing as a student will post notices offering a “group of students”. study ”for those struggling with homework, and when students call to join, they get a tough price to pay for essays written by ghosts.
Some students are offered big discounts on cheating services in return for providing a photo or screenshot of their in-class mailing lists.
A former negro who spoke to Ed Surge said the majority of his clients weren’t spoiled rich kids (he says that was 15% of his business), but rather struggling students, especially adults who had returned to college, or poor foreign students. Proficiency in English.
Edubirdie claims it doesn’t make cheating easier, but the testimonials on his site are from clients who describe how cheating Edubirdie’s freelancers saved their grades.
Morgan, the spokesperson for EduBirdie, says the company no longer sponsors parties, but has defended the practice. “We have sponsored a few parties in the past, but we have focused on other efforts,” she says. “We don’t think this is an aggressive service. There is no obligation for students to use the platform, but rather gives students the opportunity to have fun while they are young and in college, while simply educating them about EduBirdie’s services, which can be helpful in proofreading, especially during busy seasons like mid-semesters and finals. “
Last year, the company posted a job posting for an employee who would be in charge of social media outreach and organizing college events to publicize the essay writing service. The job title was “Glory Days Conservation Specialist,” and the ad was apparently looking for someone who wanted to relive their college holidays in a full-time job, according to a CNBC article.
How the “contract fraud” industry has become more aggressive in recruiting students [Jeffrey R Young/Ed Surge]