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Thanks for any information that can relieve some of my frustrations.
1 December, 2009 at 15:06
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Reply To: How to investigate legitimacy of schools
I would advise a lot of research online about any school you’re not sure about. Google the name of the school, the name of any contact person, the email address, the telephone number, and really dig deep into the search results. if you have a look in the scams forum on this site, for example, you’ll see an example where a Google search for a telephone number turned up another scam where the same number had been used.
While it’s virtually impossible to be 100% sure of the legitimacy of a school, the more you research, the better. Think outside the box a little too:
– If you’re already in the country, is the school listed in the phone directory or Yellow Pages?
– Try contacting the embassy or a chamber of commerce
– Some scammers use the names of reputable schools or big chains, even linking in their advert to the website of this reputable school, in the hope that a quick check of the site will satisfy the teacher of the legitimacy – contact the school through the website, quote the contact name in the ad and verify that they posted the ad