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I had a bad feeling about these two websites that gave glorious reviews of a TEFL Course I knew to be garbage, because both me and my former partner took it and immediately regretted it. It was based out of the U.K. and had a magnificent website full of links to review sites that we later learned were actually owned by the same same company! Anyway, China Scam Patrol just sent us a "Red Alert Scam Warning" by email which I get about thrice a year thanks to a free subscription i signed up for 6 years ago. https://ruqqus.com/+ChinaScamPatrol/pos ... vincom-are
What is amazing to me is that just two people with fake names can cause thousands of TEFL teachers to be swindled every year without any punishment or prosecution. They also do not explain how they can possibly review sooooo many TEFL Courses and what standards they use - because they don't. The above article speaks for itself and the the two undercover teachers who worked on this investigation gave some shocking statements in their written reports.Does anyone know where these two cyber-ghost companies even operate from? Apparently Mia and Henry refused to identify themselves to the CSP which has recently asked Interpol, Scotland Yard, and the FTC to investigate.
Before sending off your resume or passport scan, be sure to check https://reddit.com/r/teflscams and to vaccinate yourself against foreign teacher job scams.
Holy mother of God! It takes a lot of balls to play us all this way. Thanks for the warning. I thought Trusted TEFL Reviews was legit. Live and learn I suppose.
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.
I witnessed the argument over at Ruqqus today where a user suspected to be Mia Williams deliberately filled the thread with profanity in order to get the post deleted. Many of you may recall that a a few months ago, some other user had brought up the topic of Trusted TEFL Reviews and I now cut an paste some of what was said below...
ChinaChick · 4 months ago
These questions were asked by a user at TEFL.net but there were no answers in over two months. I think you guys exposed a big scam in progress... (QUOTE)
Re: Fake TEFL Accreditation websites Post by VagabondVick » less than a minute ago
MTE1369 wrote: ↑14 Mar 2020, 08:16 Mia, You have been asked more than once, I’m asking again;
There's a rising chorus, from multiple online TEFL courses featured on your site, that your review site --Trusted TEFL Reviews -- is completely fake. It is believed that your real purpose for managing the review site is to promote your own TEFL course, TEFL Online Pro.
Why were Trusted TEFL Reviews and TEFL Online Pro created in the same month within 10 days of each other?
Why were both domains bought from the same internet company?
Why did you pay extra to make the websites anonymous? And why were both websites registered in Panama?
How come TEFL Online Pro have zero other reviews on the internet?
How come you don't have a LinkedIn or any other Social Media Profile to show that you are in fact a real person?
How come the operators of TEFL Online Pro also do not have any proof they exist until 2019? Both of you seem to post all over Quora, but do you actually exist? It almost seems like you are both fabricated. We can't find either of your businesses in any kind of public registration. You say you're a real person, and even post on the internet with your 'real name', but you don't exist until 2019.
Why did a man named Neville David Thomas claim to be one of the owners of TEFL Online Pro on various Facebook groups, yet he's not mentioned on TEFL Online Pro's website? A quick google search of 'Neville David Thomas TEFL Course' reveals that this is a man with a decade of experience making fake review sites to promote fake TEFL courses. Readers, don't take our word for it, just google the name. We imagine that TEFL Online Pro will desperately try to remove these posts from Neville D. Thomas, but there are pictures(internet archives etc)
If you can answer any of the above questions, that would be great.
UPDATE: November 3, 2020...
Your questions are legitimate IMO and Ms. Williams seems to be avoiding them for several weeks. I guess it is safe to assume that she will not be answering them and this is probably why. Both the CFTU, China Scam Watch, and China Scam Patrol recently claimed they are a "Pay for Play" scam. Read for yourself: https://ruqqus.com/+TeachInChina/post/4 ... -brilliant Personally, I have had no dealings with Mrs. Williams. If she answers these questions I will certainly apologize. Until then where there is smoke, I think there has to be a fire. (UNQUOTE)
I think these questions that were asked months ago, still need to be answered by Ms. Williams (if she really exists)
Look Before You Leap at https://reddit.com/r/teflscams
Here is a good summary by others who investigated this growing problem of fake tefl reviews; https://chinaforeignteachersunion.wordp ... rs-beware/
THE 2020 TEFL COURSE BLACKLIST IS HERE: https://www.docdroid.net/kRwv0oN/ctablacklist2020-pdf
Both of these "ghost companies" are blacklisted and have been for a year. But they are no worse than the companies that create their own "TEFL Reviews" or "Testimonial" pages full of glowing comments from paid shills.
Explanations and Reasons are here: viewtopic.php?f=11&t=8995
The best TEFL advice I ever got is at https://reddit.com/r/tefl_tips_traps_scams and right here at TEFL.net.
Damn, there seems to be nothing in China that is real anymore. Everything is a fu*king scam! Today I spent an hour looking at this "TEFL Reviews" sub on Reddit and this just blew me away to learn that most every TEFL job agency and recruiters makes their very own "Testimonials" and "Reviews" and even have the balls to advertise for foreign tourists to make the 2 minute video testimonials for $1,000! People must be really desperate for money (sigh). https://chinasupersleuth.wordpress.com or read about all of the scumbags at https://reddit.com/r/teflreviews. I wonder how long before this spreads around the world and becomes the new normal?
I suggest every TEFL teacher take a visit to https://reddit.com/r/TEFLscams BEFORE they send off their resumes.
Interpol doesn’t need to look very hard for “Mia”. Can’t post the pictures on this forum but you will find screenshots of Neville David Thomas promoting Trusted TEFL Reviews and TEFL Online Pro from his Facebook account at https://www.complaintsboard.com/tefl-on ... -c1212899