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This may come as a shock to you, but most of scams that target TEFL teachers originate at the recruitment stage which is dominated by foreigners in the U.K., America, Canada, Australia, and South Africa. Watch this video https://youtu.be/BUOpxeeqx6s and if you still have any doubts visit any of these links or look at the names on the CTA, CFTU, ETA, or ChinaScamWatch.org blacklists. Granted, you will see quite a few Chinese names, but you will see even more English names. Even the first page at https://reddit.com/r/ChinaScamCentral will prove this to be true
I learned about this the hard way from a Canadian recruiter named David V. who screwed me out of $10,000 when I first came to China years ago. After he put my wallet on a crash diet I discovered he was on both the CTA and CFTU blacklist. On this list I count 145 foreign con artists https://www.docdroid.net/ZU9pFSI/cftu2020blacklist-pdf
I think this video pretty much speaks for itself; https://www.reddit.com/r/ChinaScamCentr ... s_how_she/
Watch your step in China. There is a pile of shit waiting for your foot around every corner that only laowai seem to step in. See https://reddit.com/r/workabroadfraud.
It's true the second biggest scam artist and owner of the second oldest expat scam in China that specifically only targets fellow expats is a Russian guy NOT a Chinese. Like teacher John said, greed is powerful and from what I have seen, most of the China TEFL recruiters are former expat teachers who realized how much money the China job agents were making from just one new TEFL teacher, who like me, didn't know squat when I decided to take the plunge. Here is what I calculated my agent made from me:
Visa Services - $500
Job Placement - $5,000 (he skimmed me monthly)
TEFL Course - $300 referral fee
Apartment - $500 Landlord referral fee
Total for one year he made $6,300 - just from me
My TEFL recruiter drives a $50,000 Audi TT and has a 3 bedroom apartment at Chaoyang Park Estates. He once told me that he places 3-5 teachers every week so multiply $6,300 by 150 (victims per year) and you can see why some greedy expats without morals probably wake up and ask themselves "Hey, why should the Chinese steal all the money?"
I just read about this Russian guy Yuri who abandoned his prostitution ring of Russian girls to open a expat recruitment business. I met him at Lush in Wudaokou last month and he was actually introduced to me as "The Scam King of China" and Yuri seems proud of his title and after a few drinks he bragged to some Chinese girls that he makes over $2 million dollars as year. He did not deny that he cheats people and justified it by saying "Look, everyone needs to learn some hard lessons in life and if not me, it would be some Chinese taking their money". A few days ago, I was reading about Yuri on the internet and how he uses many aliases to snare his victims and this photo was there. https://media.makeameme.org/created/96ac71a136.jpg I went a few pages back in the search results, and after reading this link, I am now thinking that this man has no soul and must eat, sleep, and dream only money. https://www.reddit.com/r/TEFLScams/comm ... nd_sister/
Until I met Yuri and read about him, I never wished harm on anyone, but I now actually wish that a few of his victims start hanging out at Lush because I was told he goes there at least once a week and he might be persuaded or cajoled to start returning all the money he has stolen. So if you see this guy, grab your wallet and run -don't walk https://media.makeameme.org/created/96ac71a136.jpg
I suggest every TEFL teacher take a visit to https://reddit.com/r/TEFLscams BEFORE they send off their resumes.
The best TEFL advice I ever got is at https://reddit.com/r/tefl_tips_traps_scams and right here at TEFL.net.