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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