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  • jurgenvdh
    5 February, 2011 at 3:52
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    Hello everyone,

    I just got an amazing job offer to teach in Australia for an International Program of a certain legit South American University. The benefits are overwhelming (almost to good to be true) and I’ve been asked to transfer funds for visa processing and to secure my free apartment. I know this smells funny but I googled the names, addresses, etc. and everything seemed to check out. This is my first job after completing my CELTA so I would like some advice from more experienced people. Is this something that happens regularly in the field or is it not to be trusted at all? Thnx.

    5 February, 2011 at 8:59
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    Reply To: am I being scammed?

    Of course it may well be true but it does sound too good.

    The visa should be quite cheap and is normally done through the local embassy. And why would they want you to send money for an apartment if it’s free?

    Can you contact the school in Australia and/or the apartment people to see what they say? There have been cases of people using the name of a genuine organisation as a front.

    And do you work for the South American University already? Does the person you speak to work there for sure or, again, are they using the university as a front?

    I think you need to investigate this really, really, carefully.

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