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Job Scams

Also known as employment scams.

Job scams exist in all industries. They are not unique to TEFL, albeit this page is specifically written for TEFL job seekers.

What is a job scam?

A job scam is a dishonest scheme designed to benefit the scammer in some way. A job scam is a fraud perpetrated by a confidence trickster, and usually involves a fake job and very likely a fake school or agency. The scammer usually tries their best to make the job look as genuine as possible, and often as enticing as possible. At the end of the day, after responding to a job scam and perhaps wasting hours in time, and money in phone calls, the job applicant will have nothing to show for it, may have unnecessarily disclosed personal information and may even have lost a large sum of money.

Why people do job scams

Mostly, people do job scams for the same reasons that people do crime - they intend to benefit themselves quickly and easily at the expense of other people. As a result of a job scam a fraudster may, for example, persuade the uninitiated to part with money directly, or to provide sensitive personal details (eg, social security number) that can be sold to third parties. Sometimes a job scam may not be an end in itself; it may be part of a larger crime. For example, some job scams enable criminals to launder money.

How to spot a job scam

Put yourself in the mind of the job scammer. How would you write a job offer or advertisement? You have almost complete freedom to write what you want since none of it is true. Virtually your only constraint is that it should appear credible. So what are the tell-tale signs that should lead you to suspect its credibility?

How to protect yourself from job scams

Apart from checking for the above tell-tale signs, you can take the following action:

Disclaimer: We do our best to filter job ads on TEFLnet, but you may see occasional job ads here that are not legitimate. Please do your homework carefully on any job that interests you.