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Beware of 3 China ESL Job Recruiters – Foreign Teacher Sting

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  • Eddy G.
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    7 November, 2014 at 17:08
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    Check out BTV news and get the latest on the fake recruiters that are saving their own bacon by stinging foreign teachers for the China police. The who story is at scam.com but here is the summary:

    1. 12 Fake recruiters caught by China cops selling fake TEFL certificates, M visas, and bogus TEFL certificates.

    2. 3 Of the 12 arrested recruiters agree to avoid jail sentences by setting up foreign teachers to get arrested and deported.

    3. BTV reports that a total of 67 teachers were snared so far.

    Get the names of the three recruiters at scam.com and know who the hell you are dealing with or better still – do things by the book and be legit.

    http://www.scam.com/showthread.php?p=18._._.ost1810455

    Hello!
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    9 November, 2014 at 2:23
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    Its a lot more than three my friend. Here are four more to be aware of:

    http://www.thebeijinger.com/forum/2014/11/08/warning-all-new-life-esl-china-esl-china-foreign-teachers-urgent (China ESL and New Life ESL)

    http://www.tefl.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=6499#p15438
    (NewWorldESL.com)

    A fake foreigner named "Jerry" is also one of the undercover visa cops claiming to be recruiting for Expertise Education and even spoofs telephone calls and emails from the company which says they have no "Jerry" working for them!

    I personally had a strange experience starting with a pm from a poster at Dave’s ESLcafe who sent me two PMs offering me a great admin job recruiting foreigners to teach for private schools. He offered me 25,000 yuan per month and said I would not have to work weekends. So I sent him my resume. A day later he invited me to have coffee with him at Milo’s Coffee Shop in Chaoyang and he told me to bring my passport, and copies of my diploma and tefl certificates.

    At the meeting I met this guy who claims his real name is Wu Wang. Instead of talking about the job he asked me about ten questions about my original F visa, my diploma and the recruiter who brought me to China. He then pulls out some electronic gadget and scans my passport! Half way through our conversation he said he had to use the bathroom and left the table. He never came back. Instead some guy comes to the table and takes my photo! When I protested he showed me a badge and ID and says he works with the PSB. He is polite but tells me that when my visa expires it will not be renewed unless I cooperate with him. He points to two uniformed police standing outside the coffee shop and says if I refuse, I would be leaving with those two guys and be deported within a few days even though I now have a real Z visa. He claimed I committed fraud with the original F visa that I used in 2012! So I ask him what he wanted me to do.

    He asked me to let him download my phone data and to name every foreign teacher and ESL/TEFL recruiter I know. When I asked him why, he claimed he was investigating visa and diploma fraud. He let me call and discuss this all with my wife and we decided we would call a lawyer. But the cop said I could talk to a lawyer later and had to make a decision right then and there whether I would cooperate or not.

    hs0zfe
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    9 November, 2014 at 22:13
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    Reply To: Beware of 3 China ESL Job Recruiters – Foreign Teacher Sting

    It makes perfect sense… Seems in Vietnam they combine excessive "deposit taking" with some sly clause stating "the director needs to agree to a teacher quitting the company" or else you can kiss the few weeks’ salary good bye.

    Travel Junkiie
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    22 July, 2017 at 2:38
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    Hi, I know this post is old and I’m really hoping that you still use this account. For some reason your link wont pull up anything. Can you please write out the names of the sites/ fake recruiters and companies that you know of? Thanks in advance!

    Travel Junkiie
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    22 July, 2017 at 2:43
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    Hi, sorry to hear about your negative experience. I’m really interested in hearing what did you decide and what was the outcome. I know this post is old and I’m really hoping that you still use this account. For some reason your link wont pull up anything. Can you please write out the names of the sites/ fake recruiters and companies that you know of? Thanks in advance!

    Why Not?
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    25 July, 2017 at 7:46
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    China Teachers Alliance
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    15 October, 2020 at 4:04
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    You can get updated white and blacklists of both schools and agents at these links. Good luck

    https://ruqqus.com/+TEFLBlacklist
    https://reddit.com/r/chinascamcentral
    https://reddit.com/r/TEFLscams
    https://ruqqus.com/+CFTU
    https://reddit.com/r/tefl_tips_traps_scams


    Always do your due diligence at https://ruqqus.com/+ChinaTEFL and check the CFTU’s white and blacklist before applying for new jobs to be safe – not sorry.

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