I just found out that someone used scans of my passport to try and get a certified copy of my university diploma from Notre Dame. After I read this link I figured it out really quick:http://chinadailymailscam.wordpress.com ... explained/
About a month ago I replied to some comments made on a blog at the China Daily Mail, which I thought was a blog belonging to a China newspaper. It is the first time I ever gave my personal email address out to anyone in China (I usually use a an old disposable email I have at hotmail for anything in China due to all the spam here). About two week later I got a call from a foreigner with an Aussie accent asking me if I was looking for work. I said I was always looking to work less and earn more! He talked me into sending my resume, passport, and visa scans to his email account and three days later "Linda" from China ESL calls me and wants an interview, but she will not give me any information about the job over the phone. I told her "No Info - No Interview". So then this Aussie guy called me again (He said his name was "Ron") and tried to talk me into cooperating. I stood my ground.
Last week I got an email from the registrar's office at Notre Dame asking me to confirm my mailing address in English in China because neither Fedex or UPS can accept parcels with Chinese addresses! When I asked what they were talking about, they told me that I had requested and paid for a certified copy of my diploma!!! I was supposedly living in Fuzhou when I ordered the diploma. I have never been out of North China since I got here! Need I explain the rest of this story?
To all my teaching colleagues I hope you do not give copies of your passport and visas to any agent in any country. If you are still not convinced you may want to read this http://www.zimbio.com/career+tips,+tech ... d+Identity