Recruiting Scams to Rob You Blind

Caught up in the excitement of thinking you’re about to land an International Teaching position can cause even the most astute of us to cast caution to the wind. Scammers who prey on unsuspecting recruiting candidates are aware of this and use it to their advantage.

Recruiting through a reputable agency doesn’t guarantee you’ll love everything about your new school. It does, however, assure you won’t be the target of an elaborate scheme to steal your money.

A school that asks YOU for money is a sure sign you’re being scammed:

The process this ‘school’ uses to ‘hook’ unsuspecting international teachers and grab their money is: 1) gather information, 2) make a bogus offer to the teacher, and 3) ask for money for two months’ rent for an apartment at their location.

ISR recommends: Avoid schools that want you to send your passport and money under the guise they are getting your work Visa and/or apartment. Avoid schools that request money to arrange and send you air tickets. Avoid schools without a web presence and physical address you can verify on Google maps.

“Thank you to a fellow teacher who visited the school’s address and found NO school. It’s a good thing there is always someone out there who is looking after others.

A Classic Scam

Here’s how it goes: A thief purchases a URL (web address) easily mistaken for that of a well-known school. The next step is to clone the real school’s website onto the imposter site and wait to snare unsuspecting educators who apply for advertised jobs. Always do your due diligence no matter how legitimate a job offer may seem.

If you’re going it alone this recruiting season, keep your guard up. If your intuition tells you something isn’t right, it probably isn’t. If you’re feeling the least bit suspicious, post questions about a suspect school at the ISR Member Forum: Has anyone worked at ‘such and such’ a school?’ Word gets around fast in the International Teaching Community so someone is sure to know the bottom line. Don’t take chances with your safety and your career!

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4 thoughts on “Recruiting Scams to Rob You Blind

  1. The real scam is how some of these unethical schools all over the world get accreditation from WASC, CIS and other so called reputable agencies….then also get listed by Search Associates and Schrole.
    In the end they are no different than what has been discussed in other responses…all are scamming teachers looking for jobs and in the end are really only looking to get more money from everyone while removing any sense of responsibility.

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  2. I’ve seen this a few times now particularly targeting people from Africa, India, Philippines etc, where the thought of paying 250USD for the chance of a good opportunity to work is too tempting.

    A couple that worked for me a few years ago were victims of this, very much like all scams, encouraged to pay a bit more until they had paid around $1k each before they realised it was a scam. They had quit their jobs, were preparing to move and eventually had to accept that they had been cheated.

    Very easy to say it’s should be easy to spot, but reality is when you are desperate, trying to support a family back home and an opportunity comes up, people will take risks.

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  3. There is a sure fire way to ensure you don’t get scammed. It is a 2 step process:

    1) Ask the “school” for a callback number and then check where that number is located. It is easy to do through your telephone service provider. DO NOT call them back, just verify their location and if possible the address attached to the telephone. Check if the number is in the country where the “school” is supposed to be located. If it is, regardless, don’t assume it is legitimate.

    2) Get the full details of the “school” and then check on the website for the real school. Call the real school and ask them to speak to the person who contacted you initially. If the school doesn’t exist when searching for it, then you have your answer. If the school does exist but never contacted you, then you also have your answer. Inform the legitimate school that a scammer is cloning their school information and that they should arrnage to stop this.

    3) Contact ISR and advise their members and readership of this fake school scam. Also report the scam to your local law enforcement, whop usually have a service to catch these scammers, especially if they’re operating your your home country. In Canada it is the RCMP and provincial police.

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