We received tips from some astute ESL job applicants that two scammers (One oout of New York and the other based in Beijing) are demanding that job applicants send them two hard copy photographs of themselves with their resumes and passport scams. Female applicants are being asked for full-body photos. This is totally inappropriate and a red flag to an identity theft "fronter". A fronter is someone who collects the personal Identity of a mark (victim) and when all the profile data is acquired, the file is sold to an identity theft ring for $1,000 per file. The fronters will be aggressive but friendly and tell you that they cannot proccess your employment without this information and photos. This is abasolutely FALSE.
A licensed and registered recruiter only needs your PASSPORT NO. as well as which country issued it along with the expiration date. You only have to show your passport when you apply for your visa and to your actual employer and Chinese Customs/Immigration officials when you arrive in China. Schools in China do in fact ask for photos of the teachers they hire as they want healthy and professional-looking techers, but scan are sufficient. Those that ask for hard copies are going to make fake drivers license and other ID in your name with YOUR photo. Offering high salaries is a way to grab your attention and resume. To make themselves look honest they will ask you for police background checks and even references. Don't be fooled and read these articles below...
There are two ways to handle this sly guy when they contact you. You can just hang up and blocke their skype contact and email. Or you can send them this form letter and tell them you simply will not cooperate unless they complete and return this form with every blank filled in.
Those that refuse to do so or who leave some questions unanswered are not legitimate recruiters and need to be exposed. Send us their information and we will dig and report what we find on our website and send you a copy as well.
Don't let yourself be bullied as they will get pushy and tell you there is a deadline or "3 other people want this position and if you cannot send these photos today, we cannot work with you any further." This pressure is just all part of their clever confidence game. You can't stop them from targeting you, but you can stop them from making you their next victim!
If you stumble upon a recruiter, school, or agent who is making strange requests from you, please report them to investigations@ChinaForeignTeachersUnion.org in total confidence. If everyone did this we'd have far less scams to worry about as China Foreign Teachers. We will sting them if we can and expose them if we can't. If you want to stay abreast of the most current frauds, schemes, and scams in China, visit our web site at least once a month of subscribe to our monthly newsletter.