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file Beware - Fake Job Ads At Beijinger, ESLCafe, & Echinacities

2 years 7 months ago - 2 years 7 months ago #1375 by Vegas
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Its a small world and as luck would have it, I just met another victim of Laowai Career Center last weekend and so we started talking and analyzing the China job ads they have posted on their website and many identical ads we found posted on,,,,,, and All of these ads are "blind ads" where they do not identify neither the name of the employer nor their Laowai Career Center name, except for three adswhich use big "Fortune 500 Company employer" as the bait.
But as soon as my new friend exposed this at reddit (see below cut an paste), those Fortune 500 ads disappeared.

So now that we realized where and how the Laowai victims are being recruited, I called theBeijinger and asked to speak to the owner (Michael Wester) and to George Xu (the owner of and, and, and to Dave Sperling, the owner of I was asked why I was calling so I told the receptionists that I was calling about scammers that were advertising frauds on their websites. Can you believe all three men were "unavailable"? I called back twice more one hour apart and got the same response. I asked for their email addresses but were told that information was "private". I gave my phone number and asked for them to call me back, That was yesterday and I am still waiting.

It is now obvious to me that they know their websites are being used by scammers and identity thieves and they simply don't care, or worse they are part of the scams,although I personally think they are just interested in the advertising revenues. I may be wrong but that is my gut feeling . Today I will go the local cop shop and make a formal complaint and then send a copy of that report to Wang Qishan who is the anti-corruption tzar of China to see if he can shut access to these websites down until the fake job advertising stops. The warnings are already at Reddit, and I will spend the next week posting this alert at every TEFL and ESL site I can find. I hope all of you teachers reading this here will pass this along to your colleagues and friends because we are all at risk: .

This is what my fellow-victim "Eddie" posted at Reddit and I asked him to come and tell his story here and he promised that he would do it next week.

"The ads used to be all for ESL & TEFL teachers but now the ads are getting juicy like "Fortune 500 Company needs native English speaker for Training Manager position. $60,000 salary and free furnished apartment provided with full benefits and travel expenses". Dozens of these great jobs are being posted on the most popular expat forums like beijinger, echinacities, gumtrees, craigslist, etc. to get hundreds of resumes flowing in every day.

They then set up a fake Skype interview with you and who are told is the "HR Director" and afterwards you are told you are will be made an offer and they request scans of your passport. Then after you receive an "official offer" by email they ask you if you want to pay taxes in China at a 35% tax rate or in your home country? People will pick their homeland and then you are asked for your "taxpayer ID number". Most people are so excited about getting a $60,000 job in China they do not hesitate.
Here's the best part for them, worst for you. They will send you an invitation letter to come to China.

After you arrive, they will meet you for coffee and give you the "good and bad news". The bad news is that the AAA company that offered you the job just issued a "hiring freeze due to political tensions over the South China Seas". But the "good news" is they found you a temporary job teaching English for 15,000 a month which they say is "temporary and keep you afloat until the hiring freeze is lifted".

Because people already spent a small fortune to travel to China really want that AAA job they agree to teach English for a month or two but did not notice they signed a contract to teach for a year! As you might guess. That fabricated "hiring freeze" is never lifted and that is why I am now teaching English in China today! The worst part I learned about six months after I arrived in China. The cops came to my apartment last Friday to arrest me for credit card fraud, but thank god I did not look like the guy on the ATM camera and they realized someone stole my identity and my credit and bought over $30,000 of merchandise. Although I am not responsible for the purchases, I now have to spend $5,000 to hire a bi-lingual lawyer to get all my credit cards re-issued and my good credit restored with Equifax and TRW!

Since we are not allowed to post links here I can only tell you to search the company Laowai Career Center online with the key words of scam or fraud, or identity theft. Yesterday the police told me the owner of that company was accused two years ago of doing the same thing but using different company names.

Of course, I cannot prove they are responsible for the ID theft, but I did not give my "taxpayer ID No." to anyone else in the last three years. In America, our taxpayer ID number is our social security number. Be careful in China and as a veteran expat told me yesterday, check the China Agent Blacklist before applying for any jobs in China. There is even one sub here at Reddit called chinascamcentral that identifies about 50 of these scam artists. But there has to be plenty more I am sure. I only found that sub recently. I wish I saw it 7 months ago!".

As you can see from this EHacker article, this scam is not new - just costly.
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