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The biggest scam facing foreign teachers in China today are hundreds of fake or scam recruiters who are either clever identity thieves or are just skimming 20% - 40% of a teacher's salary every single month. More than 60% of all such agents in China are not licensed nor registered to do business. 

On a weekly basis, foreign teachers in China might get 20 emails or calls from agents offering "great high-paying jobs". Spotting these scoundrels is not easy, but also not impossible.

Here is a form letter to make it easy for you.
Agent Reply Letter.pdf

Simply email it to every agent who ever contacts you and refuse to speak with them unless and until they complete every single blank... If they do not return the letter, consider yourself lucky for two reasons...

1) You just evaded a scammer and

2) That is one less call and email you will be getting every week!  Since it is easier to find a 30 year old virgin in New York than a legitimate employment agent in China, here are five other tips to keep your wallet and identity intact:

1)  Only meet with agents in their real office where you can obtain a photocopy of their SAIC business license.

2)  Always get a photo of your agent (even on your cell phone) plus their business card with their full Chinese name on it. (Western names for Chinese are untraceable).

3)  Ask your new agent friend to gibve the names and telephone numbers of five of their foreign clients and then call to verify what has been promised to you.

4)  Never ever give copies of your passport nor visa to any agent - only to direct employers who have already offered you a written employment offer.

5)  Visit and read these three links below so you will not become one of the 20% of foreign teachers in China who become victims of costly identity theft:

http://www.cleverchinacheaters.com/2012/09/10-reasons-why-you-should-never-use.html

http://www.ChinaScamBusters.com

http://www.zimbio.com/Shanghai+China/articles/3WmVCrzzFBX/Foreign+Teachers+China+Targeted+Scams+Then

Comments  

-5 # Only an opinionTeacherC 2013-01-26 16:15
Do not take offence it is just an opinion.

Though the letter is a good idea. There are other ways to find out about a school. It is not my way of doing things.

If people wish to do this by all means, but there may be consequences for the actions taken.

This is my opinion it might not be anyone else's
+5 # RE: Only an opinionJason 2013-01-27 08:56
Quoting TeacherC:
Do not take offence it is just an opinion.

Though the letter is a good idea. There are other ways to find out about a school. It is not my way of doing things.

If people wish to do this by all means, but there may be consequences for the actions taken.

This is my opinion it might not be anyone else's


What's your way of finding out about agents that takes less time and effort?

I thought this letter is kind of nifty and it only takes 5 minutes to shoot off an email. I think the letter also sends a polite message as well ("don't bother me if you are not for real!") Anyway, how would you handle it and what "consequences" are you talking about?
-6 # TravelerTraveler 2013-08-03 15:25
China Foreign Teachers Union (CFTU) claims to be an independent union in China, run by expats. Such a union would be illegal under Chinese law. It is more likely a Chinese front to collect the names of teachers in China.

They are banned from most expat sites in China, so make up a series of Wordpress and Blogger sites such as China Scam Busters and China Scam Patrol to give themselves false credibility.

You can read about CFTU at chinadailymail.com/2013/03/25/china-foreign-teachers-union-could-be-another-chinese-scam/

Jason is one of hundreds of fake identities that CFTU use to spam the internet, promoting CFTU.
+5 # "Traveler" Is A Black-Listed Agent Of China ESLMorgan 2013-08-04 07:06
Concerning the above comments by "Traveler" I think everyone should consider the source of slander. I did volunteer work for the CFTU for over a year back in 2010. I enjoyed my work for them and do not know of anyone who did not.

Before you believe anything that originates from the China Daily Mail you should visit and read the experiences of other people swindled after visiting The China Daily Mail (front for harvesting emails for China ESL) "Traveler" is the self-confessed owner.

tefl.net/.../...

wp.me/p3Na56-3

chinascampatrol.wordpress.com/ .../...

.../australian-kenneth-craig-h ill-aka-craig.html

ChinaScamBusters.com

The China Daily Mail is private blog not a newspaper. Don't be fooled!
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I think every expat teacher in China should send this link to ten of their colleagues and ask them to do the same. Only knowledge will stop the exploitation.
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