Ethics, Plagerism or Scam?

July 22, 2014

There is a new website as of June 2014, which is claiming to provide information about the Auction Career. While some of the information is correct, there is a also a lot of useless fluff.

However, what concerns me most is their ETHICS.
This website came to my attention when I noticed a “ping-back” from the website. So, I took a look to see what it was about.

What I found – they copied the State Auction Laws & Auctioneer Licensing page right off of this blog and posted it on their website without permission.

To add insult to injury, this is in their Privacy Policy:

Anti-plagiarism policy

In this policy, ‘plagiarism’ is defined as: ‘The practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own.’

(Oxford Dictionaries Online, [2012]. Definition of plagiarism (Online), Available at, accessed on 28.02.2012)

While we encourage sharing knowledge and recognize the importance of research, it is important that a student’s work is their own and not copied from someone else’s original work.

If you do want to cite a quotation from this database resource you should reference it accordingly, using the Harvard System of Referencing, or a recommended alternative suggested by your department, institution or examination board.

By agreeing to these Terms and Conditions, users agree to abide by the anti-plagiarism policy and not infringe on the rights of the original author/s.

So, it appears that they think they can pass off my work as their own, by not giving the appropriate credit. Yet, they expect others to give them credit if “their information” is used.

Of course, I contacted them. That was weeks ago and have not received a response, yet the stolen information is still on their website.

CAUTION: This is not the type of individual(s) that should be trusted. They have hijacked a lot of other information from other websites as well and attempt to make it look like they came up with it. They are nothing but thieves and apparently don’t have enough intelligence to do their own research.