As a former member and investigator from the China Teachers Alliance for 3 years (back in 2007-2010) before the Chinese government refused to renew the visas of our leaders in 2010, I developed a good nose for smelling out China scams and I think I just found a big one. The China Scam Patrol agrees with me... EChinaCities.com is owned and operated by a CBC named George Xu sells teacher resumes to third party Chinese recruiters like GTeachers.org and others, some of them who in turn sell those that say "No Thank you" to ID thieves. Virtually everyone who registers and sends their resumes to Echinacities.com is at risk and do not realize they are being peddled like cattle for up to 100 yuan per resume and/or 2,000 yuan per placement.
Echinacities.com never discloses the employer behind the 3,000 teacher job ads they advertise every month so you have no idea if the "blind ads" are real or not. Many are fabricated just to lure new users to apply for a non-existent job as China Scam Patrol wrote about in 2013 at this link: China Head Hunter Fraud This is a common head hunter trick that is reffered to as "magnet ads". Further, it is impossible to apply for any ad at EChinaCities.com without uploading your resume and photo to them, which they then post online without your knowledge, although when you click to accept their terms of agreements, you are consenting to this (Who really reads all that fine print?).
How did I learn about this? After I read about what a former moderator "Traveler" had to say about the ethical void at EchinaCities here at this link: ECC Exposed By China Daily Mail I became suspicious and later when I applied for a teaching job at echinacities, I started getting a lot of spam from recruiters that I never received before and most of them advertise at Echinacities like the inafamous China ESL and Hangzhou Hellen Group, etc. Then after I found a job on my own, a colleague asked me why I was still looking for a job. When I asked him what the hell he was talking about, he gave me a link to GTeachers.org - a company I never heard of. I certainly did not ever send a resume to these people. I went to visit the company a few days later, and befriended a young lady who I invited for lunch under false pretenses along with a friend of mine who volunteers for China Scam Patrol. (She is desperate to meet a boyfriend and so I introduced my CSP friend).
During this two hour lunch we started talking about foreign teacher scams in China and she mentioned the lucrative resum business run by Echinacities.com and another company based out of New York that China Scam Patrol is working on now (can't spill the beans just yet). Anyway, the Chinese employee of GTeachers.org admitted that "Some of the resumes are resold to yet other people who will pay up to 5,000 yuan each if we have passport scans, and even 10,000 yuan if we have copies of diplomas and actual real photographs" When I asked why someone would pay so much for that info. She replied "Those are the guys who sell credit cards". She did not have to say more. This article will fill in the remaining blanks for you: China ID Theft Targets ESL Teachers
BTW... I learned that the CFTU had posted questions about this ECC policy in the ECC "answers" section but their question was deleted after only a few days and now they are apparently banned from posting at Echinacities.com and are often derided by the ECC staff using anonymous user names as "Traveler" explained in his China Daily confession.
Now please keep in mind that we stumbled across only one resume buyer in China (GTachers.org) How many more are out there? The solution? Avoid job ads from EChinaCities.com and any other company that either sells your resume, or posts it online without your knowledge. China Scam Patrol is now investigating three other similar operations and I agreed to work undercover for them. You maybe might also want to read this here: Why So Many Teacher Scams In China?
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