When I read this I got immediate flashbacks to some bad memories when I first came to teach my first gig in China 8 years ago. I would have paid $100 for this info bag then. The only thing different today is that the scam artists are not 100% Chinese – maybe only 50%. This is one post you should probably share with all of your friends and teacher colleagues planning on coming to China soon…
SPOTTING THE BAD APPLES BEFORE EATING ONE:
Put your recruiter to the smell test with these 10 Red Flags that indicate they are not to be trusted and are probably a shady unlicensed China job agent or worse still, an identity thief…
1. They cannot provide you a scan (not a photo) of their SAIC license issued by the Chinese government
2. They refuse to provide you their street address or a land line telephone number that can be traced in the event of a problem
3. They refuse to provide you a scan of their passport and/.or government ID card that provides their real and full legal names – yet they demand that you send your passport scan to them!
4. They cannot produce an invitation letter clearly stating you need a Z VISA to work in China and/or tell you that you do not need a bachelors degree to work in China as a teacher
5. They tell you it is okay and just fine to come to work in China on an L, F, M, or X visa and you can convert it once you arrive in China.
6. They tell you that you MUST have a TEFL, TESOL, or CELTA certificate to work in China (Not true)
7. They offer to sell you a fake diploma, TEFL certificate, or letter certifying prior work experience (Any of these will get you jailed and deported)
8. They change the subject when you ask them the direct questions above.
9. They will not answer the above questions in a written email – only verbally on the telephone.
10. They tell you they will answer all of your questions only AFTER you send them your resume and passport scan!
The average China scam recruiter makes an average of $30,000 a month creating legal visa problems for others and although they may offer you some teaching job, you will become an illegal alien in China if you do not arrive in China with a Z visa already in your passport. If you take a pass on their low-paying job offers, they will still profit from you by selling your personal information to an identity thief. When all is said in done, this here is the link you should bookmark and read every time you are contacted by an unknown agent or recruiter related in any way to China…