Work in China

Beware of the Teach English in China Scam, aka the Jobs In China For Foreigners Trap

Are you thinking of working abroad for a year or two? If your first choice is Asia, beware of the Teach English in China Scam, also known as the Jobs in China for Foreigners Ad or Find a Job in China Scheme.

Some people who are looking for a change in their lives consider teaching English overseas or going to exotic countries for various humanitarian jobs. The Work in China scam comes along with similar opportunities. How does it work?

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Let’s say you are one of them and just found a tempting job offer. You contact the employer for details.

The scammers – who might not even be in China – promise to provide you with accommodation, meals, transportation and, indeed, a good remuneration. The only thing you have to take care of is paying for the visas.

Criminals require you to deposit a few hundred dollars through wire transfer, which should be a red flag.

Work in China Scam: How To Avoid

Always do your research and only accept jobs that are advertised and offered through reputable companies, with several reviews. Also, check the visa requirements of the country you are going to.

In the meantime, if you are really looking for a job and seek to make some money until you find the next ideal job, there is an option for employment online: – it is the world’s largest free online rewards program. You get paid by doing things online which you might do anyway, such as searching the web, discover products, take surveys, watch videos or play games. You can also get free iTunes and Amazon cards. The company has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. You can register for free HERE. They offer a $5 sign-up bonus.

Teach English in China Scam: How To Report

Warn your family and friends about the Work in China scam by sharing it on social media. You can also officially report the questionable websites or employers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

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Kyle Philips

These scams are so common, it’s amazing how many people fall for this. I wanted to teach in China and came across at least a dozen of them. They want you to pay for visas, housing up front, recruiting services fees, and whatnot. Eventually I landed a good teaching job in China – but I went through an actual recruiter, Footprints Recruiting in Vancouver. They told me a real recruiter isn’t even allowed to charge the applicant, only the employer. I ended up teaching in Guangzhou with a great school who got me the visa, provided housing and reimbursed me… Read more »

D. Chen

This is a very typical china scam. I suggest you visit three web sites to learn about all the china scams – some of which appear to be very legitimate on the surface:


Just Google "China Teacher Scams" before you even think about actually moving to China to teach. Expat teachers in China are not only the lowest paid expats in the country but the most abused and scammed profession. Those three links given above, especially speak volumes about this subject. Take China off your list unless you find your own job or get hep from the CFTU.

Arjun Thakur

Dear Sir//Madam, I have received the following mail from "CHINA NATIONAL HEAVY DUTY TRUCK COMPANY" …Please help me out to confirm that this is a real job offer or a fake make to make money. CHINA NATIONAL HEAVY DUTY TRUCK CORP. SHANDONG IMPORT & EXPORT CO.LTD No.39 Wuyingshandong Road, Jinan 250031 China WELCOME TO CHINA NATIONAL HEAVY DUTY TRUCK CORP.SHANDONG IMPORT & EXPORT CO. LTD China National Heavy Duty Truck Corp. Shandong Import & Export Co.Ltd.(CNHTC-SDIEC), subsidiary of CNHTC, is a foreign trade company, its former precursor was China Heavy Duty Truck Import & Export Corporation set up in… Read more »


Be sure not to send a resume to or it could end up in the hands of identity thieves since it was discovered recently that they sell their resumes to anyone willing to pay $100 for them. Here are the links to get the full story.

Branislav Petrovic

I have recived job offer from *THE MOORE’S SUPER MARKET* IN BEIJING CHINA.

Address: No.5 Jinchengfang Street, Xicheng District, Beijing

They offer a good deal but i must pay 200 dolars for the immigration registration fee of my travel documents.

Pleas help me to decide.


One scam employer to look out for in China is Guanzhou Worlda Cultural and Educational Services, Ltd.


There are hundreds of China job scams like Laowai Career Center of Beijing and Hangzhou that tell job applicants to lie on their visa applications and as a result this is what happens to them:

Also, I found this from some students in the UK:


The best way to make yourself scam-proof in China is to use both white and blacklists. Here are the ones now most popular in China. Note that some are updated daily (reddit) while others are updated every 90 days (CFTU):


Please remember the 90% rule if you are job searching in China… 90% of the employers in China are honest and ethical, but 90% of the China job agents and recruiters are not. Best wishes in your China job search!


In follow up to what Robert recently said about Laowai Career Center in Hangzhou and Beijing, I want to comment as follows… Imagine you want to make money in China as a foreigner. You live there for years and you see dozens of con artists cheating foreign tourists and expat workers every day and realize the cops never bother them, much less shut them down. How can this be? Well my cousin from Canada got ripped off in China through a normal job application process that required him to pay a processing fee after applying for a job through a… Read more »

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