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map-pin China Schemes & Scams Target China Expat Foreign ESL & TEFL Teachers

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China can be either a really fun adventure or a regrettable and costly nightmare depending on whether or not you become a scam victim in China, which is not hard these days - if you don't pay attention, ask a lot of questions, and get all promises put into writing. In our 2014 annual foreign teacher survey (see summary below) 48% of all expat teachers working in China reported being cheated at least once, but in China this is quite normal. It is almost part of the rat-race culture where getting ahead in life is the end that justifies the means. Some scams are trivial and even humorous - like getting cheated for $10 by a taxi driver or a street vendor selling you some fruit. But other more sophisticated scams like the infamous "Silent Scam" (see or identity theft can be extremely costly and embarrassing. There are also a wide variety of romance, employment, and investment scams, and us foreigners seem to be the target of choice. Why? Because we are generally ignorant of local ways and customs, and perhaps a bit too trusting.

So every week we will post one of the 37 known scams here in this thread to keep you up to date, and we hope all of you will also post warnings here for others after you discover a new scheme, as there is never a shortage - and they sure are getting hard to spot! If you want to learn about all of these frauds in one day, we recommend that you visit .

For your immediate attention however, you MUST be keenly aware of where you send your resumes and why. Many identity thieves will blend in on large expat forums and post blind ads with great jobs that are fabricated. They were posted only to get a hold of your resume and passport copies so they could be used for a variety of identity theft that includes

- Credit Card Fraud
- Immigration Fraud
- IRS Refund Fraud
- Auto Finance Fraud
- MLM Frauds
- Mortgage Fraud
- Check Fraud
- Job Frauds

All done in your name! This happens to 20% of all China job applicants. So BEFORE you send a resume to anyone in China you should read the below links and make sure that your resume contains only your first name and last initial, no addresses, and certainly no taxpayer ID no., or even a traceable telephone number. If you get stung for ID theft in China, it will cost you at least $10,000 for a lawyer to keep you out of jail and clear up your tarnished name and restore your good credit.

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