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    Re: Re: Re: Ideal English in the UAE (views: 18)

    North America () - Wed, 27 Jul 2016 Posted by Khaled

    Honestly, I advise you against sending any money to a school. I have enoucntered similar issues and it is best to say that you do not have the funds and cease all contact or report them to the actual school and authorities if possible (as well as the site where you found their information) to ensure that they are removed from the website. Since you gave them your documents, I would suggest getting new ones for safety purposes (new passport, lisce....

    Ideal English in the UAE (views: 189)

    Middle East (United Arab Emirates) - Tue, 12 Jul 2016 Posted by Julian

    Hi, Has anyone had an email or responed to a school called Ideal English? Vacancy: Ideal English, Rus Al Khaimah, United arab Emerates.  A gentleman named Christopher Anderson is their international enlistment officer, which I seem to remember being the name of the HR man for the Kings Colledge Scam. Also very much like this scam they are asking for documents saying I have a good chance for getting a position with Ideal English. Again their ....

    Re: Ideal English in the UAE (views: 108)

    Middle East (United Arab Emirates) - Wed, 20 Jul 2016
    Posted by Julian

    Hi, Please read all the info below, as I am really not sure about this, but I cannot find any bad info about them so any advice would be really appreciated. I wanted to post an update for Ideal English School, Ras Al Khaimah. So I recently received an email from the school saying they were interested in employing me and I should send all my documents and current resume to their careers and HR dept. I then received another email saying I was elega....

    Re: Ideal English in the UAE (views: 79)

    Middle East (United Arab Emirates) - Wed, 13 Jul 2016
    Posted by Michael

    What kind of documents are they asking for that makes you think it might be a scam?  Also, look at the offer.  Is it a reasonable offer?  Did they actually interview or just immediately ask for all your documents?  Finally, you can ask to speak directly to some teachers that they currently employ.....

    Re: Re: Ideal English in the UAE (views: 78)

    Middle East (United Arab Emirates) - Thu, 21 Jul 2016
    Posted by Julian Dalton

    Hi, So here is the final installment of yet another scam. Yesterday I visited the web site these guys have put together and I have to say it is very convincing. I decided to try and connect with other teachers and also tried admin and HR. But none of the links worked so I emailed Mr Christopher Anderson and asked for links to other teachers. I also asked him to supply info about himself online as there is no connection anywhere linking him with t....

    Language Training Center Astana, KAZAKHSTAN (views: 109)

    Asia (Kazakhstan) - Sat, 09 Jul 2016 Posted by Fiat Justitia

    LTC is owned and operated by a sociopath who changes teachers’ schedules, housing arrangements and contracts often without a moment’s notice. He relies upon his family’s wealth and political clout, the remoteness of Astana and relative expense of obtaining work permits to dissuade teachers from objecting to these sudden changes – in addition to having nearly every foreign member of staff on a different contract and with di....

    SCAMMERS POSING AS UK SCHOOL, PIACENZA, ITALY (views: 487)

    Europe (Italy) - Tue, 21 Jun 2016 Posted by Suzanne Leigh

    Beware the below advert currently posting on ESL Job World and ESL Employment  Scammers are posing as UK SCHOOL, Piacenza, Italy I have contacted the school and they had already become aware of it and reported it to the authorities.   LANGUAGE TEACHERS URGENTLY NEEDED (EU AND NON EU) Description: We are looking for a hard working and enthusiastic Language teachers to urgently join our reputable team. We teach English, Italian, S....

    Re: SCAMMERS POSING AS UK SCHOOL, PIACENZA, ITALY (views: 41)

    North America () - Mon, 25 Jul 2016
    Posted by Mary Diamond

    I am in the process of arranging travel to Piacenza to begin teaching with UK School in Piacenza.  How do I know if it is legit or not? I have already begun my visa application and am about to purchase my plane ticket.  ....

    Re: Re: SCAMMERS POSING AS UK SCHOOL, PIACENZA, ITALY (views: 26)

    Europe (Italy) - Tue, 26 Jul 2016
    Posted by Admin

    Here is some good advice: http://www.totalesl.com/blog/advice-on-avoiding-teaching-job-scams  ....

    Re: SCAMMERS POSING AS UK SCHOOL, PIACENZA, ITALY (views: 72)

    South America (Colombia) - Wed, 20 Jul 2016
    Posted by Ana

    Are you positive it is a scam? I had an interview with video and apparently the person who interviewed me also comes out in a picture on the facebook page for that school.....

    Re: SCAMMERS POSING AS UK SCHOOL, PIACENZA, ITALY (views: 213)

    North America (Mexico) - Mon, 27 Jun 2016
    Posted by Erick

    How did you know it was an scam? I have recivied that offer too.....

    Re: Re: SCAMMERS POSING AS UK SCHOOL, PIACENZA, ITALY (views: 225)

    Europe (Italy) - Mon, 27 Jun 2016
    Posted by Admin

    It seems the user is saying they contact the school directly and they said they never placed the ad so the scammers were probably using them as a front.  Easiest way to determine this, if they are using a gmail/hotmail account, is to go to the school's website and contact them directly or ask for an email that uses their school web domain name.  ....

    Re: SCAMMERS POSING AS UK SCHOOL, PIACENZA, ITALY (views: 396)

    Europe (Italy) - Tue, 21 Jun 2016
    Posted by Mark

    Did those websites remove them or respond to the report of a scam?  Seems they always have a lot of scam school posting on their sites.....

    Re: Kings College Dubai (kingscollegedubai.com) Update (views: 385)

    Southeast Asia (Vietnam) - Mon, 30 May 2016 Posted by Julian Dalton

    Hi,  I just wanted to post an update to this scam. Today I have replied to the emails from their so called visa office with some angry comments and saying that I know they are scammers. I received this email back from them, which confirms them as scammers "May God punish you" so I beleive their game is up. They have all my documents and there is nothing I can do about that but please mail this link to other Teaching sites to stop these peopl....

    Re: Re: Kings College Dubai (kingscollegedubai.com) Update (views: 480)

    Online (Online) - Tue, 31 May 2016
    Posted by aldo

      I just want to confirm that they are indeed scammers.  I sent several E mails to them in which they replied with insulting subject headlines. I sent them no info, told them they must pay for the work permit and that was the signal to them their game was up.  They responded with the job is not yours.  I then told them that they were being listed as scammers and they turned more abusive as I said.   Don't waste your time ....

    Scam alert: Kings College Dubai (views: 410)

    Middle East (United Arab Emirates) - Sun, 29 May 2016 Posted by Sichile Msamati

    I as many others have been offered an ESL job at this institution. I was offered the position on the basis of my CV only and jo interview was conducted. The place doesnt seem legit at all. I was told I had a week to submit documents for visa purposes or I will be replaced. I was then asked to send their legal division $1200 to process my paperwork quickly. I have a relative who worked in HR in several companies in Dubai and I was told out right t....

    Be Aware of these rumor makers (views: 365)

    Asia (China) - Mon, 16 May 2016 Posted by faker

    John O’shei, Jerry, Dr.Turnoi and ScamKnight seem to have nothing to do except spreading bad rumors about Guangzhou Worlda and other ESL teacher employers in China. They can not make a success in ESL career, and they don’t want others to come to China to make their success. Those four notorious guy have been expelled by Chinese Immigration Office and knocked out by ESL employers in China. You need to be careful about what they said on....

    Kings College Dubai (kingscollegedubai.com) (views: 1319)

    Middle East (United Arab Emirates) - Sat, 14 May 2016 Posted by Todd MacDonald

    Not sure if this is a scam or not but something about their website (www.kingscollegedubai.com) which looked so simple and had no working links to social media, etc., and their ad makes me think it is a scam so bewar The job posting: We are looking for English teachers in Dubai, salary $3900 USD per month Tax Free + other benefits.  Minimum requirements are as follows :- Between the age of 22 and 58. Passport valid for minimum of one year. M....

    Re: Kings College Dubai (kingscollegedubai.com) Scam? (views: 373)

    Southeast Asia (Vietnam) - Mon, 30 May 2016
    Posted by Julian Dalton

    Hi,   I received the very same job offer without an interview and on the strengnth of my resume. I followed through and sent all my documents including copies of passports and university cirtificates. But the next step started the alarm bells ringing. They asked me to forward my documents to their visa and work permit office which I did only to be asked to pay over $2000 for costs within a week or the position would be passed on to the next ....

    More on Kings College Scam (views: 323)

    Middle East (United Arab Emirates) - Sun, 29 May 2016
    Posted by aldo

    I got an e mail stating  I had 1 week to reply to them if I wanted the job. Besides the grammar mistakes contained in the reply there was another big scam sign: contact the following e mail to get a labor permit.  What do you want to bet this is just another 411 Nigerian Scam?   These type of scum really infuitrate me.   Exercise caution with these scammers. They want jpegs and your info up front.....

    Re: Kings College Dubai (kingscollegedubai.com) (views: 379)

    North America (United States) - Fri, 27 May 2016
    Posted by Philip

    Hello fellow teachers, I recently received an email stating that I was entirely approved without any interview for a teaching post with Kings College Dubai as well. In my opinion, the message has all the hallmarks of a scam. Foremost, I agree that NOBODY gives someone a position of any sort without an interview. Every position I have applied to has involved several emails and ultimately a Skype interview, from Taiwan to Myanmar to the UAE. Furthe....

    Re: Kings College Dubai (kingscollegedubai.com) (views: 784)

    Online (Online) - Thu, 26 May 2016
    Posted by t

    I was offered an appointment without a proper interview.  This did not sit well with me.  No one gives anyone a job without an interview.        ....

    Malaysia ESL Recruitment Scam - Haziq Akmal Hamza (views: 387)

    Southeast Asia (Malaysia) - Sun, 01 May 2016 Posted by Jamie

    The job posting is below and the email is eslrecruitment2015@outlook.com.  The person (Mr. Haziq Akmal Hamza) is the same name that posted another Malaysian school scam (see http://www.tesall.com/esl-tesol-scams?id=186613).  Beware this individual.   ESL teaching job offer in Malaysia By: Mr. Haziq Akmal Hamza < eslrecruitment2015@outlook.com > Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2016 Location: Malaysia (Southeast Asia) Hello,   T....

    Heathfield International School Scam (views: 743)

    Southeast Asia (Thailand) - Sat, 09 Apr 2016 Posted by Aimee

    Greetings, I came across your website and boy am I glad I did. I recently was contacted by a school in Thailand that claims they found my CV on indeed.com. The school is called Heathfield International School. After three days of sending emails back and forth and after answering a quite lengthy, ambiguous questionnaire, they sent me a contract and hired me without even asking for a proper interview. I emailed them inquiring about this and asked f....

    Re: Heathfield International School Scam (views: 403)

    Asia (Thailand) - Wed, 27 Apr 2016
    Posted by Dan

    Hi, Aimee. Heathfield is a real international school here in Bangkok. However, given that it is generally regarded as a tier 3 or lower tier 2 school (assuming that international schools can be classified in this way), the amount you cited is unusually high for them. Most of the decent mid-tier schools would offer that as a starting salary, but certainly not their smaller competitors. I'm surprised you didn't simply check their website, wher....

    Too good to be true-Chinese Family looking for UK tutor (views: 1387)

    Europe (United Kingdom) - Tue, 05 Apr 2016 Posted by bruce bridges

    Got this today offering 5,000GBP for a tutor in Manchester   Mr.Sun Weilin and Family Dear Experienced ESL Teacher,How are you doing my friend English teacher,hope my letter meet you ingood health.My name is Mr.Sun Weilin,a Chinese real estate developerand a board chairman/member of Beijing Construction Engineering GroupCO. LTD.I am one of the engineers appointed to handle £800m projectdeal to redevelop Manchester airport in UK and i h....

    Re: Too good to be true-Chinese Family looking for UK tutor (views: 33)

    Europe () - Tue, 26 Jul 2016
    Posted by me

    They have moved on to Dubai now, advertising the same to go to Dubai.  The guy is not Chinese, he has an African accent.  I wanted to follow it through, and hopefully they will catch them.....

    Re: Too good to be true-Chinese Family looking for UK tutor (views: 559)

    Online (Online) - Thu, 07 Apr 2016
    Posted by Georgie

    Hey, I agree that this post is too good to be true... but how would it work as a scam?   Kind regards   Georgie....

    UK Scam (views: 272)

    Central America (Honduras) - Thu, 19 May 2016
    Posted by Sherri Petty

    sounds the same as one being posted by a Leo Yan...looks perfect until they want you to MoneyGram 500 pounds for entry. ....

    Re: Re: Too good to be true-Chinese Family looking for UK tutor (views: 535)

    Asia (China) - Thu, 07 Apr 2016
    Posted by Michael

    They will ask for money for processing a visa or ask you to give a deposit for travel costs. Sometimes they are just trying to get personal informtaion.....

    Re: Re: Re: Too good to be true-Chinese Family looking for UK tutor (views: 416)

    Central America (Mexico) - Wed, 27 Apr 2016
    Posted by Salvador

    Be very careful with these guys they will get the better of you (passport, pictures and if you have savings). At the end they will ask for a deposit of 500 pounds to get your visa permit. Don't be fooled I'ts a scam!!!!   Kind regards from Viva Mexico!!....

    Guangzhou Worlda Scam (views: 1133)

    Asia (China) - Wed, 09 Mar 2016 Posted by Scam Knight

    Foreign teachers be warned!!!  There is a an ongoing scam being run by a company named Guangzhou Worlda Cultural and Educational Consulting Services, Ltd. where they recruit you for whatever position or location you are seeking to get you to sign a contract, then change the position and location (as the original position discussed never existed).  For more information please see my blog page.  Stay vigilant!....

    Abin Latif Shung - esl recruitment2015 (views: 1276)

    Southeast Asia (Malaysia) - Sat, 05 Mar 2016 Posted by Sanet

    Abin Latif Shung poses as the Human Resources Manager for Sri Kuala Lumpur School in Malaysia.  He offered me a teaching post at the school with an unbelievable salary and benefits.  When I asked the name and email address for the principal at the school to confirm the offer of employment, his answers became curt, informing me that it is unnecessary to speak to anyone other than himself, since he is the person appointing new staff at th....

    SCAM - Asking for Copy of Social Security Card (views: 888)

    Asia (South Korea) - Thu, 11 Feb 2016 Posted by GARY P SEANOR

    Interested candidates are advised to apply with his or her resume/cv, photograph, international Passport Copy, Social Security Card or SSN, Permanent USA Address and Earliest date of availability through email: seonglee@outlook.com   Inbox x   Seong Lee   6:05 PM (1 hour ago) Interested candidates are advised to apply with his or her resume/cv, photogr...   ....

    Too Good To Be True Offer - Probably a Scam (views: 905)

    Asia (China) - Tue, 09 Feb 2016 Posted by Douglas

    This ad came up for a job in China offering $3,200/month and asking to send a lot of informaiton like SSN and permanent US address.  What do they need a Social Security Number for? HIGH PAID ESL/ENGLISH TEACHING POSITIONS WITH FREE VISA + AIR TICKET + HOUSING PROVIDEDWe are looking for 2 American ESL/ENGLISH teachers for immediate employment in BEIJING, CHINA.we have many jobs available . We do all the work to make your job search as easy an....

    Beware of Spammers such as Jiamei Education (views: 965)

    Asia (China) - Wed, 27 Jan 2016 Posted by Mark

    They may have legitimate jobs but since they post/spam the jobs board with 100s of jobs at one time (literally), chances are they are fishing sites for vacant jobs and then trying to find applicants to "sell" to the open positions.  How well can they be screening hundreds of jobs with cut and paste job descriptions. They always use the same email:  Jiamei Education at dorama2015@aliyun.com and then switch to Sally at sall....

    Dubai British School - Fake posing as the actual school (views: 1015)

    Middle East (United Arab Emirates) - Sat, 16 Jan 2016 Posted by Doug

    Dubai British School - (dubaibritish-school.com) - Dubai, UAE - Fake posing as the actual school The above school will contact you via the principal of the "school": Andy Homden (principals@dubaibritish-school.com / Tel:00971501874916 ). In the email, they will refer you to the Wikepedia listing for the school: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubai_British_School but they are a scam. The actual Dubai British School is at http://www.dubaibritishschoo....

    American School of Madrid & The Schengen Visa Office - Spain (scammers posing as school) (views: 1039)

    Europe (Spain) - Sat, 16 Jan 2016 Posted by Doug

    They are scammmers posing as the American School of Madrid and the The Schengen Visa Office. The school is aware of this scam and has posted a warning on their website. They will ask for your CV, cover letter and photo after which they will forward a somewhat simplistic application. After this, they will send you a too good to be true contract with the director's signature and request that you forward copies of your passport, bank statement and v....

    Admin Officers/Tutors/Assit lecturers - Wells University Job Offer Scam (views: 1655)

    Europe (United Kingdom) - Sun, 06 Dec 2015 Posted by Admin

    Another common scam where they take the school name and create a very convincing ad and even have a website but when you look closely at the email/website, you will see one or two letters missing.  They even made a nice little logo for the university.  Finally, the 120,000 GBP salary per year should be a tip off. Copy of the original ad: Wells University of London is a vibrant learning environment – fostering innovation and creati....

    Private Tutor Scam - Dr. George McGeorge - Devon, England (views: 1168)

    Europe (United Kingdom) - Sun, 06 Dec 2015 Posted by Admin

    This is another email scam asking for you to help teach his wife (Vietnamese) and child. He claims to be an American living abroad while offering 3,500 GBP to teach his family. This scam is actually quite detailed in that he sends mutliple emails with pictures of his family and even his "passport". Regardless, one thing remains the same...too good to be true.  His email is geemcgeorge@googlemail.com PLEASE NOTE: The email and names chan....

    Posting for Jobs that are NOT teaching is usually a warning sign (views: 1251)

    Southeast Asia (Indonesia) - Sat, 05 Dec 2015 Posted by Admin

    We are always surprised when we see job postings for jobs that have nothing to do with teaching...whether it is industrial jobs or web search evaluators.  If they are posting on a teaching site, they are either desperate or lying.  An example (and notice that they don't use a website email but some generic email address...NOT very corporate!): Open Career PT Bumi Resources Tbk 2015/2016 Due to facing fast business growth and expanding o....

    Teaching Job Scam in Turkey with "Many Benefits" (views: 1554)

    Middle East (Turkey) - Sat, 05 Dec 2015 Posted by Admin

    The following is a false job offere being posted for a job in Turkey with "Many Benefits" and a salary of $4,750USD/month.  Remember...if it sounds too good to be true...then it probably is... We are looking for teachers of ESL/English, French, Spanish, Japanese, Mathematics, Social Studies, Physics, Government, Literature, Music, History, Biology, Chemistry, Commerce, Account and Agric to work with us in Istanbul,Turkey.We will offer you a ....

    Sri Garden School - ESL teaching job offer scam in Kuala Lumpur (views: 2374)

    Southeast Asia (Malaysia) - Sat, 05 Dec 2015 Posted by Admin

    Beware of scam job posting in the name of Sri Garden School uisng email sri-vacancies@post.com.  This is not really the school.  Example of scam posting below: Hello,This to inform you that due to on going expansion in our School, we invite resourceful and committed individuals with the right attitude, skills and experience to join us as an ESL TEACHER:Requirements:• Candidates with at least a Bachelor’s degree in the re....

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