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Thread: Scammed By A Hit. What Do I Do ?

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    Scammed By A Hit. What Do I Do ?

    Hi. I am somewhat new to Mturk. I only have a little over 7000 hit done. I recently started putting in a lot
    more hours on Mturk to make some extra money because I got laid off from my regular job.
    I just got scammed by two different requests and do not know what to do about it.
    I thought I'd try hits requested by DCU NLP They paid $0.99 each and were simple English
    grammar rewrites. I have a Master's degree in English and work as a substitute English teacher, when
    I get the chance. I did 50 of the hits in an hour. I double checked each one to be sure all were
    grammatically correct as the requester specified. Every hit was rejected
    with this same response, "Due to the anonymous nature of crowd-sourcing it is unfortunately necessary to apply quality control
    checks to hits. The minimum level of quality was unfortunately not reached."
    I know for a fact that every hit was correctly done. (By the way, I had a 100% rating till then.)
    The same day, I did some transcription hits for P9R. They were simple little things, type what is in the box.
    I type 98 wpm, so did quite a few. I am a very accurate typist. However, a lot of the hits I did
    for P9R were rejected, as well, even though I know they were accurate. I dropped 2% on my
    accuracy rating, in just a day, thanks to these scammers. Does Mturk have a policy that prevents scams like these ? If so, where do I report them ?

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    I'm so sorry this happened to you.

    Write to P9R and politely ask them to show you your errors. They will probably reverse them all.

    I am not familiar with the other. Did you check their TO? (Turk Opticon) I still recommend you write to them and ask for clarification as too what you did wrong.

    Edited to add:

    They seem to be known scammers. I recommend that you always check TO before doing HITs.

    https://turkopticon.ucsd.edu/reports?id=A3OPDN7BPNOHEW
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    Oh, to answer your question, mTurk will not help you. They barely help requesters, and they are their clients. You are their product.

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    Thanks For Responding

    Thanks for the response. I used to have TO but it stopped working a long time ago. I have been unable to get it to work despite
    trying many different things. I wish I still had it.
    I did email P9R and have not heard back from them. I also emailed the other one but have had no response.
    Is it me or are there a lot less hits on Mturk than there used to be ?

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    Get mTurk Suite, it will show you the TO. You can find it in the Extension Store.

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