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: