Basically I ordered article gigs from 7 different sellers and 3 of them sent me back a copy-pasted article with encoded characters.
“Encoded” means that certain English letters are changed to lookalike letters from other alphabets, e.g. Cyrillic. If you try to paste parts of the article into Google, you’ll get zero results. The article will also pass Copyscape.
However, if you simply type (rather than paste) a phrase from the article into Google, you’ll immediately find that the whole article has been plagiarised from some big website.
I know this issue has been raised before, but it’s been a while and this time this is not about “10 articles for $5” gigs, this time it’s about gigs that offer to write a single 500+ word article for $5 - a much more legit-looking offer.
Always check the articles you receive. Another way is to paste the article text into Notepad++ and change the encoding to ANSI: most words will be garbled up.
In particular be careful with sellers whose main gig photo is some stock photo of a smiling woman who is obviously not them.
Important note: only some sellers are frauds; there are plenty of honest sellers who really do supply original and quality articles for $5.