Fake TEFL certificates get 143 China foreign teachers arrested in just one month

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Fake TEFL certificates get 143 China foreign teachers arrested in just one month

Unread post by Murphy » 07 May 2017, 00:06

Source: China Scam Patrol/May Newsletter:

"Our reliable PSB source we interviewed online two years ago has now confirmed that China's new "False Documents Law" passed recently this year is already being used as tool to find and arrest illegal fake teachers in China which are classified as "illegal migrant workers" by the 16 page law. In April the PSB used the law to arrest over 269 foreign expat teachers working in China with fake university degrees, police certoificates and phony TEFL certificates. All were arrested, jailed, and most have been recently deported. 143 of these teachers were arrested for fake TEFL certificates, 27 for fake diplomas, 3 for forged police certificates, and 86 for fake Z Visa, (Another 32 were arreseted for having no Z Visas at all).

This was, and continues to be a nation-wide sweep in 18 different provinces that will continue following the arrests in March of 6 (possibly eight) popular tefl job recruiters in China who opted to cooperate with the PSB rather than pay a 100,000rmb fine and spend a year in jail. They allowed the PSB to copy their mobile phone data and identified all the foreign teachers they sold fake documents to. Now we are seeing the results. Here is a breakdown by province of those arrested with fake TEFL certificates:

Beijing: 31
Shanghai: 27
Guangzhou: 12
Shenzhen: 11
Xian: 9
Shenyang: 8
Fujian: 8
Hebei: 8
Henan: 7
Hunan: 7
Helionjiang: 6
Shandong: 5
Zhejiang: 3

The wording in the False Documents Law that authorizes arrest and deportation of expats is "violators using any false, fabricated, or forged document used with the intent to obtain a visa or seek employment in China will be arrested, fined 10,000 yuan and processed for deportation without delay."The PSB and local police departments have been offered 1,000 rmb incentives for every illegal migrant worker they drag into custody and now the visa police seem extremely motivated. Only two of those recently arrested were released because they married Chinese spouses and fathered Chinese children. Their punishment was a 25,000 rmb fine.

We also were advised that the reward offered by the Chinese government to informants was increased to 15,000 rmb as explained here https://eslwatch.info/en/forum/china/76 ... art=30#206, and so far over 30 people (mostly Chinese TAs) have cashed in. We hope these latest develoments will make expats working in China now realize that a "Zero Tolerance" visa and qualified teacher policies are now in full effect. The only good news for wannabe fake teachers at this point is that you still have a 50% chance of going undetected until September. In September however, the PSB will be conducting a mandatory foreign employee review of every expat teacher employed in China using a joint task force that will include ICE officials and their global database from America. This should give people ample time to get themselves legally compliant with China labor and visa laws."

There are more details and interseting information at http://chinascampatrol.wordpress.com

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Re: Fake TEFL certificates get 143 China foreign teachers arrested in just one month

Unread post by John V55 » 07 May 2017, 04:25

So, someone who hasn’t got the necessary qualifications/documents or whatever, buys forged documents with the intent to deceive and lie and blames the seller? If they got away with it they were clever, if they got caught it was someone else’s fault. So if you buy a stolen mobile ‘phone from me, knowing it to be stolen, it’s my fault?
These people knew what they were doing and the recruiters naturally and understandably avoided a jail sentence and left the people who knew they were committing fraud to face the consequences. Try it in the west and get a jail sentence, not just deportation.

I’ve been here long enough to have met the druggies, the alcoholics, the criminals and the unemployables. Get rid of this lot and improve the professional image for the ones that are in this for the long haul and that’s what’s happening now across Asia. I fully support the various crackdowns.
… And they got caught and arrested. Well, who would have thought that! Well done PSB. :lol:
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Re: Fake TEFL certificates get 143 China foreign teachers arrested in just one month

Unread post by Norman » 16 May 2017, 00:40

The source of this problem should not be overlooked. The same recruiters who sold the fake TEFL certs are the same assholes who turned in the teachers (their own clients) for the reward money! https://www.reddit.com/r/ChinaScamCentr ... _arrested/

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