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At the helm of the company embroiled in a large-scale academic cheating scandal is a Chinese-born businesswoman named Yingying Dou.
The enterprising 30-year-old, who also goes by “Serena”, has used her accounting degree to build a lucrative ghostwriting service, called MyMaster, aimed at Chinese international students.
As a flyer for MyMaster exemplifies, Ms Dou has ingeniously capitalised on the anxiety experienced by many overseas students.
“Are you racking your brains on your school work? Do you worry about spending $3000 retaking tuition on the failing subject? Leave your worries to MyMaster and make your study easier!,” one flyer posted on a toilet door at the University of Technology, Sydney, read.
This pitch has seen Ms Dou’s MyMaster company turn over at least $160,000 during 2014 and return more than 900 fraudulent assignments to students prepared to hand over up to $1000 for the work.
Her business ventures complement her expensive tastes, including designer handbags, which she has sold online for more than $3000.
Born in Chongqing in south-western China, Ms Dou attended high school at Pittwater House, a private school on Sydney’s affluent northern beaches.
Since graduating from Macquarie University, Ms Dou has established herself as the director of two companies: MyMaster and coaching college Yingcredible Tutoring.
She runs her businesses out of Chinatown and her main office space is on the sixth floor of a George Street building opposite World Square, where she has multiple classrooms for tutoring.
As the sole director of MyMaster, she has built a sophisticated online business from scratch, which now claims to have a 100-strong writing workforce and is servicing hundreds of students at some of Australia’s top universities.
When Fairfax Media approached Ms Dou she denied having ever heard of the website but promised she would investigate the matter.
“I will find out what’s going on,” she said. “I try my best to provide you information.”
Fairfax Media’s subsequent email questions remain unanswered and the website was taken down hours later.
This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.