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10 Red Flags Of TEFL Recruiter Fraud In China…

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  • Davis
    3 December, 2014 at 5:09
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    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…


    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!

    Remember that 1 in every 5 foreign teacher applicants become an identity theft victim within 6 months of applying for a job in China. See: http://open.salon.com/blog/china_business_central/2013/03/13/phony_china_recruiters_now_target_5000_expats_monthly_1

    For the current 2014/2015 China foreign teacher requirements contact your own embassy, the nearest Chinese consulate or embassy or read here in English: http://open.salon.com/blog/china_business_central/2014/09/07/new_china_foreign_employee_teacher_requirements_now_strict

    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…


    Questions about contracts, expat labor rights, teachers requirements and visa laws for China are found at http://chinascamwatch.org

    27 January, 2018 at 6:19
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    2018 UPDATE: There are three great links that serve as China blacklists for China Job Frauds every expat needs to bookmark to become bullet-proof from China scams;




    Questions about contracts, expat labor rights, teachers requirements and visa laws for China are found at http://chinascamwatch.org

    Laowai Lao Shi
    22 February, 2018 at 1:04
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    These are great tips and the great links. Thanks. Btw… did you see site http://reddit.com/r/chinateachers?

    Want to teach in China? Great, but be sure to check http://reddit.com/r/ChinaTEFL first! Plenty of surprises for all!

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