My Dear Fellow …

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My Dear Fellow Teflers,

Sadly, I recently became a victim of a scam (Advance Fee Employment Fraud) involving what I thought was a perfectly legitimate EFL job. I went through the interview, via Skype, had the contract sent to me, photos of my accommodation were also sent. I suppose it’s perhaps best for me not to mention the company in question (I’m not sure if it’s allowed on this site); suffice to say that, apart from losing £200.00, I escaped with little damage done to my personal data etc.

The i-to-i help desk was a life-saver as their advice saved me from what could have been a far, far worse situation. Thank you so much you guy’s – you’re a God-send!

In our desire and passion to teach, to find that TEFL/EFL job that will fulfil our aspirations, we sometimes forget that there are, on the opposite side of the equation, individuals out there, cunning, immoral characters who are equally passionate about ruining our hopes and dreams, our aspirations through corruption and deceit – in short, scams!

My dear fellow Teflers, I ask you please to research carefully, keeping in mind the following websites when receiving what seem to be perfectly legitimate emails, from so-called EFL schools, Institutions etc.: http://jobsearch.about.com/od/jobsearchscams/a/top-10-internet-job-scams.htm

http://www.totalesl.com//ESL-TEFL-TESOL-Employment-Scams.php

http://rssorange.com/6515/ (ESL Jobs Forum)

http://www.google.co.uk/safetycenter/

http://www.adviceguide.org.uk

http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/scam-emails

There is much more I could add, suffice to say that what has been written by http://www.tefl.net/esl-jobs/esl-jobs.pl sums it up far better than I ever could:

Teacher Tips: Beware of schools or agencies that ask you to send any kind of payment (for ‘application’, ‘visa processing’ etc.). NEVER send bank or credit card details to employers. Jobs that sound ‘too good to be true’ probably are! If any TEFL.net job advertiser requests money from you, please contact us immediately.

To be warned is to be prepared; all the very best in your job search and keep safe.

I recently found this on the I-to-I TEFL Chalkboard written by Sawas and I felt that should past it on! I am always worried about Scammers in the TEFL world. I now know to stay worried!

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