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PayPal urged to block essay firm cheats

The United Kingdom’s education secretary is calling on payments firms such as PayPal to block transactions for essay writing firms, in a bid to beat university cheats, writes Sean Coughlan for BBC News.

Damian Hinds says it is "unethical for these companies to profit from this dishonest business". He also suggests UK universities should consider United States-style "honour codes" where students promise not to cheat.

A PayPal spokesman said: "We carefully review accounts that are flagged to us for possible violations of our policies, as well as UK laws and regulations … An internal review is already under way looking at the implications of essay writing services … We would be happy to talk to the Department for Education about their concerns."

Full report on the BBC News site