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    Al Mawahib British Private School scam EFL (views: 674)

    Online (Online) - Sun, 16 Jun 2019 Posted by Alin

    They still exist, were trying on me for the past couple of days ... luckily I had read this post before losing more than a 1000 bucks ...phew! Can someone report these guys ? Is it ok for other international teachers to fall in the trap?!....

    Sino-Canada School, Wujiang, China = ESL Hell (views: 3667)

    Asia (China) - Mon, 21 May 2018 Posted by Jullian McRoberts

    Sino-Canada School Wujiang, Jiangsu China - a warning to ESL teachers thinking of taking up work there. There was a pretty in depth thread posted about this school within the last 12 months from people who had worked there. The original thread was located at  the eslteachersboard.com website (google Sino Canada = ESL HELL). Four new teachers who took up a contract in 2017-18 were treated appallingly so they quit and wrote about their experie....

    KwaZulu Natal (views: 2464)

    Africa (South Africa) - Tue, 17 Apr 2018 Posted by Clifford
    KwaZulu Natal

    I also received exactly the same eMail, same words and all, but the contact details are different, the Human Resources Manager is a different name, and the address is slightly different to yours.   Legally, or rather generally, a UAE employer/organisation recruiting an employee/s from abroad pays all the travel costs and arranges for travel documentation (VISA, Work Permits ...). Sometimes the amount is deducted from the prospective employee....

    Number 16 / Unique English: Bad Employer warning in Zaragoza! (views: 7741)

    Europe (Spain) - Sat, 04 Nov 2017 Posted by Douglas

    Number 16, operated by an outfit called Unique English, is a chain of schools currently operating in Zaragoza and Madrid. They are a real company and they pay your salary. I'm not claiming this is a "scam" in the strict sense of the word but they are very bad employers. I joined after being offered a "25 hour work week" and "assistance with finding accomodation". Both of these promises were swiftly broken, not only to myself but to many other new....

    Re: Number 16 / Unique English: Bad Employer warning in Zaragoza! (views: 772)

    Europe (United Kingdom) - Thu, 21 Feb 2019
    Posted by Dave

    It´s a great school, I´ve worked here for a year. Sorry you didn´t have the same experience! ....

    Re: Number 16 / Unique English: Bad Employer warning in Zaragoza! (views: 742)

    Europe (United Kingdom) - Wed, 20 Feb 2019
    Posted by T

    Perhaps the information is outdated, but the aforementioned problems with Number 16 are/were anything but 'completely false'. They are also specific to Zaragoza, and maybe these issues haven't arisen in other locations.   It's pointless to cover each problem again, as the original post is well-written and gives a comprehensive insight into what makes working for the academy so difficult. What is worth mentioning, however, is that teachers ne....

    Re: Number 16 / Unique English: Bad Employer warning in Zaragoza! (views: 774)

    Europe (United Arab Emirates) - Wed, 20 Feb 2019
    Posted by T

    Perhaps the information is outdated, but the aforementioned problems with Number 16 are/were anything but 'completely false'. They are also specific to Zaragoza, and maybe these issues haven't arisen in other locations.   It's pointless to cover each problem again, as the original post is well-written and gives a comprehensive insight into what makes working for the academy so difficult. What is worth mentioning, however, is that teachers ne....

    Re: Number 16 / Unique English: Bad Employer warning in Zaragoza! (views: 785)

    Oceania (Australia) - Wed, 20 Feb 2019
    Posted by Clare

    Total agree with everything you said and I was there 2-3 years before. The other shocking point is the method they actually use to teach English which is absolutely rubbish and not used in countries where I have taught around the world. No organisation, no structure - a rip off for students and teachers.....

    Re: Number 16 / Unique English: Bad Employer warning in Zaragoza! (views: 1467)

    Europe (Spain) - Thu, 13 Sep 2018
    Posted by D

    I feel I have to comment on this as I think it's either completely false or outdated. I started working at Number 16 in September 2017 and continue to do so.   When I first arrived one of the team leaders personally helped me find accomodation by speaking to landlords (my spanish is/was not great) and also accompanying me to flat viewings in order to translate and help with the details! I found an apartment in my training week sharing with s....

    SPEED English Identity Theft Warning (views: 3718)

    Europe (Poland) - Sat, 04 Nov 2017 Posted by Alan

    I applied for a job which had been advertised on tefl.com offering positions in Poland with a chain called SPEED English. I don't know yet if this is a legitimate company having its identity falsely used by scammers or if the whole thing is a fraud. One common TEFL scam is that the scammer takes a real school and posts on jobs boards posing as a school which actually exists to lure unsuspecting applicants into giving away their personal informati....


    Europe (Portugal) - Thu, 02 Nov 2017 Posted by Jasmine

    Beware of Lancaster College in Oporto Portugal, their Head Office is in the area Vila Nova de Gaia in Oporto and especially their directors and academies owners. Emailing your CV, attending an interview in Oporto with the boss wont get you anywhere. The boss is a complete bullshitter, he will promise you a teaching job in one of his centre, will insist that you first start where urgent Teachers are needed,( he sent me to Bragança, a little....

    Yuet Ching Private School in Malaysia is a SCAM! (views: 5377)

    Southeast Asia (Malaysia) - Fri, 15 Sep 2017 Posted by Irama Green

    Human Resourses Manager YUET CHING PRIVATE SCHOOL 114 JALAN TUARAN, KOTA KINABALU, SABAH, MALAYSIA PHONE: +60-1137-3071 EMAIL: yuetchingschool@gmail.com Will email you for a voice Skype interview 3:20 pm Malaysian time which is 2:20 am CST in United States. After the interview Mr Chai will send you a contract as ESL English Teacher for 2 years in Malaysia. A day after you sign the contract he wil send you information to contact Mr Abin Mong a rep....

    Visa Fraud (views: 4132)

    Central America (Honduras) - Tue, 15 Aug 2017 Posted by Fiona McDougall

    The school goes by the names Alpha y Omega Bilingual school and Instituto Educativo Alfa y Omega. They promise a working visa (residencia) but it never happens. Every month they insist it will happen but it never does. By Fegraury they tell you they will jsut pay the fine so you can leave the country. They may even try to get your passport to stop you leaving the country. This is dangerous only for the teacher. There will be n....

    My First Class Language School (views: 5391)

    Europe (Spain) - Sun, 30 Jul 2017 Posted by Pip Scott

    The school is real and they did have a vacancy but not for non EU passport holders. I answered what turned out to be a fake EF Barcelona job advert. They replied saying they had no vacancies and that they had passed my details onto one of their affiliate schools which was called my first class language school. I was then contacted by a Piotr Stanecki and had an interview then was offered a job and sent a contract. They had a travel agent who turn....

    Re: My First Class Language School (views: 3505)

    Europe (Spain) - Tue, 26 Sep 2017
    Posted by Marvin Dent

    THIS HAS JUST HAPPENED TO ME, THE EXACT SAME PROCEDURE, IS THERE A WAY WE CAN TALK ON FACEBOOK OR ANYWHERE ABOUT THIS?   I actually paid the 448 deposit just yesterday, Ive put the brakes on for the rest of now after seeing this.   thanks Marvin. ....

    Qwadar Private School (views: 5692)

    Middle East (United Arab Emirates) - Thu, 20 Jul 2017 Posted by Mary

    Beware of this "school. "  No trace of it on the internet and tons of inconsistencies in plagiarized job posting and website. ....

    Re: Qwadar Private School (views: 4453)

    Middle East (United Arab Emirates) - Mon, 24 Jul 2017
    Posted by Pablo Moses

    Yes. Can confirm this is a SCAM! Claims to have been established for 10 years and ZERO internet trail until last week. ....

    Spotlight International School in Jinan, Shandong Chnia - Scam/ Blackmail/ Illegal Paperwork/ Jail (views: 5165)

    Asia (China) - Wed, 05 Jul 2017 Posted by Lo Wang

    Please be informed,A school called Spotlight International English in Jinan is a school dealing in illegal paperwork and blackmail. The school has been accused in the past of:Not paying their employees forcing them to work hours beyond they contract forcing them to stay even after they want to resign with-holding their salary and benefits inviting foreigners to china under Tourist Visas keeping original documents and blackmailing employees by ref....

    sultan british private school (views: 5483)

    Middle East () - Thu, 25 May 2017 Posted by trey

    SCAM  avoid these guys .....they want money upfront which isnt required and the school is fake.....there is no school.......ive been to abud dhabi and its not there and waled nafeel doesnt exist i have contacted the fraud unit in UAE  hopefuly they will be caught  ....

    PSA Scam Warning: ForeignExpats.com & BeijingTeach.com are same China Job Scam! (views: 7148)

    Asia (China) - Wed, 10 May 2017 Posted by Rosie Tang aka Rebecca Tang
    PSA Scam Warning: ForeignExpats.com & BeijingTeach.com are same China Job Scam!

    These two companies are just two of the alias names being used by the Scam Queen of China, Rebecca ****, who since getting out of jail last year, now calls herself "Rosie ****".  In 2014 she was arrested and in 2015 plead guilty to cheating over 2,000 expat TEFL teachers in China out of 5 million by skimmimg their salaries and selling them illegal documents. Now the great looking gal is once again exploiting and defrauding newbie foreign tec....

    SangSang Language Academy (SLA) horror story (views: 6421)

    Asia (South Korea) - Sat, 06 May 2017 Posted by Joe

    Stay away! This school is what horror stories are made of.   Director is a nasty sadistic, vindictive woman who should be blacklisted from employing forigners. if the attachment works see what she sent to me after I ran. If not just take my advice and run!!   Dont look back!!....

    Dubai National School Al Twar posting Mr. Zaid G. Farok  scam (views: 6890)

    Middle East (United Arab Emirates) - Sun, 09 Apr 2017 Posted by Michael Depear

    If you get a job offer from Dubai National School Al Twar, Mr. Zaid G. Farok it is a scam, this one looks very real until they ask you to pay for flights and visa. I emailed the real school but had no reply, but the school is real the job offer is not. They will even give you a skype interview.....

    SCAM - Dubai National School Al Twar - Zaid G. Farok and Mr. Nasir Rahma Gafar (views: 6134)

    Middle East (United Arab Emirates) - Sun, 16 Apr 2017
    Posted by Kevin Iraniha

    I was almost scammed for this position as an English Teacher in Dubai for Dubai National School Al-Twar.  Here are some of the emails:   Dear Kevin Iraniha,   Following our recent discussions, we are delighted to offer you the position of English Teacher with Dubai National School Al Twar. If you join Our School, you will become part of a fast-paced and dedicated team that works together to provide the highest po....

    Scam Warning: Benedict School Mirandola Italy (views: 7804)

    Europe (Italy) - Tue, 21 Mar 2017 Posted by Shale

    I was send a fraudulent Job posting as attached, saying that they'd gotten my resume from the ESLemployment.com website. I received requests for documentation and within 4-5 days was offered a Skype interview. Many things bother me about the ad. Firstly, the pay was high for this type of position in Italy. Also, none of the e-mail correspondance I recieved was personalized ...looked automated. So, when I received an e-mail this morning offering m....

    Re: Scam Warning: Benedict School Mirandola Italy (views: 5855)

    Europe (Turkey) - Mon, 27 Mar 2017
    Posted by Ken

    Why do they do that? What is their gain. I bumped to the same job offer and all things seem quite tacky. How can they be harmful?....


    Asia () - Tue, 14 Mar 2017 Posted by Ga

    It's the 15.03.17 and I can confirm these scammers are still at it. Not long after what seemed like an all too cursory interview, they demand some $4000 for expenses up front. This is when the nature of reality should kick in. Analysis of their 'invoice' - when cross checked against UAE Immigration's website - reveals 2 UAE Immigration telephone numbers from different offices, juxtaposed onto 1 invoice letterhead, with one '5' digit missing ....


    Middle East (United Arab Emirates) - Wed, 08 Mar 2017 Posted by Steven Crittenden

    There is a group of con artists in the UAE trying to scam money out of international teachers abroad, by placing ads of positions in the UAE with lucrative salaries.  They use real names (the school´s and director´s) and logos in their ads but slightly change the email address so as to trick unsuspecting teachers to correspond  and conduct  Skype interviews (they don´t use the camera saying that the....

    Murcia (views: 279)

    Europe (Spain) - Sun, 14 Jul 2019
    Posted by Stephen Wodz

    I was scammed by these sleazeballs, in exactly the way you described. Obviously I should have done more research before sending money. Yes, it looks realistic, but the red flags were, in hindsight, obvious (the insistence on cash, the high cost of courier service, the simplicity of the visa application).....

    Al Mawahib British Private School Scam (views: 6673)

    Oceania (Australia) - Sun, 12 Mar 2017
    Posted by Mike

    Hi, The information you have provided on the UAE school is exactly how I was attempted to be scammed. Its also the same school. I have put this on Expat Website and informed others of this scam. Mike.....

    Beware of 379 China Job Scams that target foreign ESL & TEFL teachers (views: 13983)

    Asia (China) - Wed, 08 Mar 2017 Posted by Robert
    Beware of 379 China Job Scams that target foreign ESL & TEFL teachers

    I was ripped off by a company called CUCAS but there are over 300 clever scams that target naive and gullible foreigners who never went to China before. Like me, they believe that what the recruiter told them is true. 90% of the China job recruiters are scam artists only focused on making money off of you. Here are 5 China blacklists you chouls check before you sign any contracts with anyone and NEVER ever upload your resume online for ....

    Fraud Alert! - CUCAS & Beijing ChiWest are huge study abroad scams targeting foreign unive

    This is a very sophisticated 2 part scam that looks very believable. Your loss will be at least $500 and about 12 hours of your time. The scheme has been going on since 2012 and the police don't do a thing to stop them because the owner is a former government official and still is a community leader with the Communist Party in Haidian District of Beijing. They will tell you that they are part of the Chinese government. They are not. They will tel....

    Re: Fraud Warning: Laowai Career Center (Gi2c?) China Job Scam (views: 7519)

    Asia (China) - Thu, 23 Feb 2017 Posted by S.Weber
    Re: Fraud Warning: Laowai Career Center (Gi2c?) China Job Scam

    These guys are really bad news. They offered me a job I never applied for and then lied about how they got my resume and refused to tell me who owned their company and where their office was located.  When I said that a lot of people were saying they are the old Gi2c China scam, the guy said he never heard of Gi2c. He said his name was "Paul" but he refused to give me his last name. When I said I wanted to come by and meet him at his office,....

    Re: Re: Fraud Warning: Laowai Career Center (Gi2c?) China Job Scam (views: 4311)

    Asia (China) - Sat, 05 Aug 2017
    Posted by Freddy

    I just want everyone to know that Laowai Career Center which says they are based in Hangzhou is a sophisticated scam that will say anything they have to in order to get your signature on their contract. They bait and switch teachers all the time and even cheat their own employees who spill their guts at http://eslwatch.info/foru/china.  At this link you will find 36 reviews from customers who LCC never mentions. Read this and try to guess wh....

    BEWARE ESL & TEFL TEACHERS - Laowai Career Center is China Job Fraud Scam! (views: 40978)

    Asia (China) - Thu, 16 Feb 2017 Posted by Jerry

    Warning to all China job applicants.  This Laowai Career Center company is a fraud run by a scammer from Russia named "Yuri" with his Russian girlfriend. They have many ways to scam you but they fool you with their charm and lovely website and a bunch of fake testimonials and reviews that he pays people to make for him.  First they try to get a fee from you. If you say "no" they then tell you "no problem" the employer will pay "be....

    Re: BEWARE ESL & TEFL TEACHERS - Laowai Career Center is China Job Fraud Scam! (views: 6460)

    Asia (China) - Tue, 21 Feb 2017
    Posted by Wright

    These guys jerked me around for over a week and finally after getting their contract I realized that almost none of the promises they made verbally were in writing.  Then I started finding all the warnings about them on line.  If I had listened to the LCC "career counselor" (aka sales rep), Imight soon be one of these statistics; http://www.chinaforeignteachersunion.com/2017/02/almost-3000-foreign-employees-arrested.html.  ....

    School uses threats, fraud and coercion to keep teachers (views: 7109)

    Central America (Honduras) - Sun, 12 Feb 2017 Posted by Nora Zavala

    Alfa y Omega bilingual school will hire you and talk a good game. They will promise to get you residency papers but never follow through and leave you high and dry out of status and subject to deportation. They knew when they hired me that my 90 day tourist visa expired in mid october but did nothing until I reminded them october 1 that they should start the process or send me out of the country on a visa run. They asked for a photocopy of my ent....

    Legal Action against Christopher Anderson by Ideal English School (views: 7772)

    Asia (United Arab Emirates) - Wed, 25 Jan 2017 Posted by Shine

    Christopher Anderson is 100% scam. They use the name of Ideal English School, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE for scam purposes. Do not send any money. I have informed to the school authority and received e-mail from the school Principal stating that they have started an investigation. These people Christopher Anderson, Hassan Adnan, Dr.Francis Osborne are criminals. In fact, these are not there real names. These people must bring into justice. They are not ....

    Re: Foshan Shimen Middle School (views: 7068)

    Asia (China) - Fri, 20 Jan 2017 Posted by Pissed off

    Yeah this school didn't give my my last months pay and check out the accommodation they offered. They 'couldn't send photos' cause there was a teacher 'living in the aparyment'. The place hadn't been lived in or cleaned in at minimum 6 months. Can't upload photos but trust me...it's disgusting.....

    ideal English School UAE scam (views: 7868)

    Middle East (United Arab Emirates) - Tue, 10 Jan 2017 Posted by Qurat ul Ain

    Hi All I am from Pakistan i received appointment letter from IDEAL ENGLISH SCHOOL RASUL KHAIMAH UAE. Sahara travels asked me to pay $ 1380 for processing fee. this is completely fake. So be careful Friends.Dont pay any money to these stupid scammers.You can see detail from Sahara travels e-mail given below.Best regards Qurat ul ain ATTENTION NAME: Qurat ul ain RE: VISA PROCESSING, PROCESSING OF WORK/RESIDENT PERMIT Greetings from Al Sah....

    Kings College Recruitment is totally Fake (views: 7343)

    Asia (Pakistan) - Tue, 03 Jan 2017 Posted by Saif Jan

    Dear Colleages  I had recieved a mesage in my facebook inbox where English teachers were required for Kings College Dhubhai. According to the message I had to submit my Cv  which I sent to the email adress given in the recieved message. After  a week later I recieved an email according to which I had to give answers to three interview questions from the emailer which I answered. then after three days later I recieved another email ....

    Jilin Huaqiao University of foreign Languages - Waste of Time (views: 7827)

    Asia (China) - Tue, 13 Dec 2016 Posted by RedFace

    I am writting this post to let you know that applying for this University is a waste of your time. I find the HR department of the University very unproffesional and unwilling to help candidates and teachers.  I applyed for a teaching position at Jilin Huaqiao University several months ago. The recruiter of the HR department told me that after the interview, they would let me know something after 2 days. As she did not respond, I called her ....

    IS ICN TEACH AND TRAVEL A SCAM? (views: 9245)

    Asia (China) - Mon, 28 Nov 2016 Posted by SHAYNE COOPER

    Has anyone had any experience with ICN out of New York? They are seeking people to teach in China. Seems to good to be true....

    Al Manara Private School is a scam! (views: 8740)

    Middle East (United Arab Emirates) - Wed, 09 Nov 2016 Posted by Jared

    I received an email from a person who claimed to be a HR manager for Al Manara Private school in Abu Dhabi about a English teaching position in the school. I showed interested in the job and sent over my cv. The processed followed by this person all seemed normal as he said my application was successful and he wanted to have a Skype interview with me. On the Skype interview all the normal questions you would expect in an interview were asked (the....

    Al Manara Private School is a scam! (views: 6739)

    Asia () - Sun, 27 Nov 2016
    Posted by Amber Robertson

    I received exactly the same as replied back partly saying: Normally contracts for the U.A.E cover your flights and visa as advertised, why does it say in the contract that: Processing and traveling expenses: You will in cure all the processing fees/traveling expenses including your working documents charges and get reimbursed after two days of your arrival.Processing and traveling expenses: You will in cure all the processing fees/traveling expen....