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Dubai National School Al Twar posting Mr. Zaid G. FarokĀ  scam (views: 264)

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: 87)

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: 478)

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: 184)

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....

Al Mawahib British Private School Scam (views: 246)

Oceania (Australia) - Mon, 13 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: 691)

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 China Job Scam (views: 696)

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

BEWARE ESL & TEFL TEACHERS - Laowai Career Center is China Job Fraud Scam! (views: 714)

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: 386)

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: 640)

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: 882)

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: 820)

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: 834)

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: 911)

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: 1114)

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 ....


Asia (China) - Mon, 28 Nov 2016

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: 1792)

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: 859)

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....

Scam Rev Diego Miguel (views: 1090)

Europe (United Kingdom) - Sat, 29 Oct 2016
Posted by Winsome Loraine PETER

Please be aware of the scam email sent by a Rev Diego Miguel, offering employment to an ESL Teacher to teach his wife and kids. The salary offer is GBP 4500 with benefits. I did a Google check and found another website which confirmed the scam. ....

Dos Formacion SL, Spain (views: 1045)

Europe (Spain) - Sat, 29 Oct 2016
Posted by Winsome Loraine PETER

Please be aware of this Scam job offer. I was contacted by a guy posing as a director of a school called Dos Formacion SL located in Besain, Spain. He provided the name 'Mugica Ramos Marta'. He did a short interview and then sent me the contract. When I asked him about the work authorization letter from the school, he sent me the name and address of a 'lawyer' who will give me this letter - but the website of this lawyer was in Italian. This lawy....

Beware of Sri Ara Schools Scam (views: 1232)

Southeast Asia (Malaysia) - Thu, 20 Oct 2016
Posted by Nagina

Hi, Jobs are being advertised for this school- the jobs dont actually exist. Contact name is Mr Aziz (who does exist) but this is someone else behind the name. Contact email address is sriarajob@post.com Made everything look legit. I contacted the school directly and spoke to the Vice principal Steve Cowen and also the admin staff and all confirmed the jobs dont exist. They have filed a police report. Thanks    ....

Kings College is a Sham! (views: 1160)

Middle East () - Tue, 27 Sep 2016
Posted by DFerolie

WARNING .. KINGS COLLEGE IS NOTHING MORE THAN A SHAM. They were prepared to hire me instantly and then asked for $2,000 for processing fees. Note the hotmail address   Cheers!   Donna  ....

authenticity of appointment (views: 1353)

Asia (India) - Wed, 31 Aug 2016
Posted by Mohammad Anas

I too got mail from Christopher Anderson. I got confirmation from Original contact no. Of IES. Guys don't get confused.  Every thing is fake....

Re: Ideal English in the UAE (views: 1376)

Middle East (United Arab Emirates) - Sat, 27 Aug 2016
Posted by Ambi

I also received ths same mail. I tried to call Mr. Christopher but the phone was never answered. They are asking to pay USD 1380 for Visa, Insurance, work permit and residency. Also Mr. Christoper always write Emirate while it shouod be Emirates aprat from broken English on many occassion.I am confused now.....

Re: Re: Ideal English in the UAE (views: 1032)

Middle East (United Arab Emirates) - Sun, 28 Aug 2016
Posted by Admin

Nothing to be confused about.  The first, and most important warning, given is: NEVER send money for the promise of employment.....

Foshan Shimen Middle School (views: 1706)

Asia (China) - Fri, 26 Aug 2016
Posted by Dave

Hi, I would just like to warn all fellow esl teachers out there that even teaching in a government school is not safe in China.   Foshan Shimen Middle School is supposed to be no1 school in Foshan. Part of the reason I accepted the job with them and overlooked a few small red flags - oops. The school lied to me from before I arrived saying things like - oh we can't get photos of the accommodation because it's occupied. However assuring me th....

Re: Foshan Shimen Middle School (views: 836)

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

That absolutely sucks. I feel for you, though I'm glad I came across your post because I've just been offered an interview with them. May talk to them out of courtesy but will surely turn them away. ....

English is Fun - Bologna Warning (views: 1784)

Europe (Italy) - Wed, 24 Aug 2016
Posted by Joanelle

English is Fun in Bologna Italy, is running a scam offering a normal but good job offer.    They will send a contract and ask to work with their immigration Lawyer ATTY and Travel agent Sandra from Alitalia. Payments will be with Money transfer and they will keep you up to date, but keep asking for more payments, low amounts to keep you unwary. I did a search on the compamy and it came back clean untill a few days ago when it was to lat....

Re: Ideal English in the UAE (views: 1343)

Europe () - Mon, 22 Aug 2016
Posted by jobseeker

Dear colleagues: I received the same emails than you from Ideal English School and Al-Sahara travels.   I have contacted the Consulate of my country in UAE and they have told me that employment visa has to be managed by the school and in NO CASE any company can ask you money for obtaining the visa in UAE. So this is clearly a SCAM. The thing is that it really exists one Ideal English School in Ras al Khaima, but they have another web site an....

TLS - Top Language School Scam for teaching in Italy - toplanguageschools@gmail.com (views: 1802)

Europe (Italy) - Sat, 06 Aug 2016
Posted by Stephen

Applied to them because of the great salary, then almost fell for paying for visa but then I remembered the advice from this site about too good to be true so I checked them out.  Yes, many say it is a scam with little/no interview and then a request for money for the visa and a phone number that doesn't add up for Italy. Plus Italy is impossible to get visas for non-EU members.  Then I saw the TLS Top Language School Website which is p....

Re: Italian Language School Recruitment Scam using same number for 10+ years: +390694801641 (views: 1254)

Europe (Italy) - Mon, 08 Aug 2016
Posted by Admin

TESall Group Admin looked at the school name (TLS-Top Language School) after they paid for a premium posting. The previous free job ad, like the premium paid job ad, simply didn’t look legitimate so we did some research and found a major red flag warning. When looking further, the key is the phone number used: +390694801641 which appears for numerous language school recruitment going back to 2004 under various school names: John M....


Middle East (United Arab Emirates) - Sat, 06 Aug 2016
Posted by Dr Tahira

The ESL EMPLOYMENT WEBSITE used internationally has fallen to scams and frauds. My last position on ESL was legitimate and successful, however I do not know how ESL does not know about this.  People are underestimated by their intellect - UAE is supposed to be the place to work???? Really who wants to work there - its not about the money all of the time. My question is: Who do we contact at ESL Employment or is has this become a scam website....


Middle East (United Arab Emirates) - Sat, 06 Aug 2016
Posted by Stephen

I noticed the same thing on ESL Employment Website but for a Europe job, then I came here to see all this information.  I think there are a lot of ESL / TEFL sites like ESL Employment such as the one this person mentioned (http://www.totalesl.com/total-esl-scams?id=200054) who just don't care as long as they make some money.  They will post anything and an "Apply at your own risk", then they are done.  They will make their adv....

Re: Re: Ideal English in the UAE (views: 1417)

Middle East (United Arab Emirates) - Sat, 30 Jul 2016
Posted by Mark

Hello , I have also got same offer from this school. But their insist to shoulder expense related to processing of work permit upfront by applicant is somewhat fishy. Kindly guide me whether to proceed for that or not ,  if you have crosschecked validity of this job offer  ....

Re: Re: Re: Ideal English in the UAE (views: 555)

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

Christopher Anderson is a 100000000000000% scammer and criminal. PLEASE DO NOT send money. The school and local police authority already started an investigation. Guys, be smarter and vigilant! Christopher Anderson is 100% scammer and criminal.  Please do not send money. The school and local authority started an investigation - See more at: http://www.tefljobsoverseas.com/tefl-scams#sthash.DNn2UZpF.dpuf cChristopher Anderson is 100% scammer ....

Re: Re: Re: Ideal English in the UAE (views: 1522)

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: 5392)

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: 1213)

Asia (India) - Thu, 28 Jul 2016
Posted by tom

I too got same mail. I think the sight itself is fake. because I sent clarification mail in the sight mail, and I got reply as if every thing is true and carry on processes. Nothing more about this.....

Re: Re: Ideal English in the UAE (views: 1340)

Asia (India) - Sat, 13 Aug 2016
Posted by Sobin philip

Me too got the appointment letter from Ideal English School. Asked to contact al sahara travels, al sahara travels demanding $1284 dor visa charges. I dont know what to do.plsease advice.....

Re: Ideal English in the UAE (views: 4356)

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: 2332)

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: 711)

Asia (India) - Sat, 17 Dec 2016
Posted by Bipin Musale

Hello! I also have recieved appointment letter from the Ideal English School(without any formal face-to-face or skype/telephonic interview). The letter of appointment was erroneous. They ammended the errors after pointing them out. Now they are asking for USD 1300 for visa processing. This is not first time I am going out of my country for work. I was not asked for money by the employer organisation earlier. The matter is suspicious.....

Re: Re: Ideal English in the UAE (views: 3973)

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....

Ideal English School in UAE is a Scam (views: 1541)

Middle East (United Arab Emirates) - Sat, 10 Sep 2016

Hi Julian,  I have also been contacted by Ghristoper Anderson on behave of "Ideal English School" in Ras ALKAIMA, UAE. He offered me a handsome contract to teach English at Ideal English Schhool in Ras AL KAhaima, UAE. He refered me to Hassan Adnan at Sahara Travel , who in turn assked me to send 1380$ as the work permit and processing fees of my visa. I replied That I would send a friend of mine in Ras AlKhaima to pay the fees in perso....

Re: Re: Re: Ideal English in the UAE (views: 1127)

Asia (India) - Wed, 31 Aug 2016
Posted by Mohammad Anas

hello. Exactly same mail I have got from Christopher Anderson. I have crosschecked and found it fake. I think so many people have got same mail. Genuine company never ask money in advance.  Be careful. ....