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  • Possible Thailand recruitment fraud


    By: Randolph Duke < Show E-mail >

    Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2010

    Location: Thailand (Southeast Asia)


    Hello all,

    I would like to alert you about the Asia Recruitment Agency. They claim that they have several Thailand teaching positions.

    My main concern with them is that they want a large deposit when teachers accept jobs. They say that they need this money to protect themselves. However, I am not going to send any money.

    Has anyone done any business with them?

    Thank you.

    Re: Possible Thailand recruitment fraud (views: 6823)

    Thailand (Southeast Asia) - Fri, 17 Dec 2010
    Posted by Sophia

    Thanks a million Randolph for the warning. I was almost convinced, especially since ARA has a website and their ads were linked to the TEFL website. I could find no company reg number on the ARA website.If this company really does not exist legally, isnt it possible to warn more people?

    Re: Possible Thailand recruitment fraud (views: 6078)

    Online (Online) - Tue, 14 Dec 2010
    Posted by David

    We also believe this is a scam. We applied for two jobs in Thailand, had some email contact with Christian Philips and everything seemed alright. When we almost transfered the money, we decided to google ARA and found this message. We got a bit suspicious and emailed Christian with some difficult questions like:-Could you please tell us the name, address, email and telephone number of the school we will be working for? We would like to contact them also and talk with them quickly.-How many other teachers are working with ARA and could you give the contact details of one or two, so we can ask them some questions?We also said we don't want to pay the deposit money because we think they risk almost nothing hiring us and for us it's a lot of money.We haven't heard from Christian Philips since and we don't expect to hear from him. So don't fall for this and thanks to the people who took the effort to post the earlier messages on this forum!

    Re: Recruitment fraud-Asia Recruitment Agency Thai (views: 5904)

    Online (Online) - Sun, 21 Nov 2010
    Posted by Admin

    I have now had confirmation that this is definitely a fraud. Following are the details sent to me by one of our visitors/users about Asia Recruitment Agency (ARA):The person advertising calls himself Christian Philips. This so called agency is a scam and asks prospective teachers to deposit 20,000THB returnable deposit for visa etc. The scam is very good and very convincing and contact is maintained even after you have sent them the money. However when I arrived in Bangkok, their phone wasn't answered or was on answerphone/call back and they do not any longer respond to emails. As I arrived in Bangkok I decided to visit their office and found it doesn't exist.Behavior like this sickens me and it frustrates me that little will be done by the individual country's authorities to prevent these types of individuals. I find this happens many times to unwitting/trusting westerners looking to either (1) move to/work in Asia or (2) vacation in Asia. Some, like my friends that recently visited, tend to take individuals at face value and having a trusting nature because they have never come in contact with the level of deception practiced by some. This naiveté is not a good idea when abroad. That is why it is a good rule, whether the company (or individual) is legitimate/established or unknown, to never send money for the promise of employment regardless of the reason and view any offer with objective cynicism (but no need to be rude or hostile).

    Re: Possible Thailand recruitment fraud (views: 6170)

    Thailand (Southeast Asia) - Mon, 01 Nov 2010
    Posted by ICAL Pete

    A very basic rule is that Agents get paid by the schools to provide teachers. You should NEVER send an agent a single penny to help find you work. There are plenty more jobs and agents out there so look elsewhere.

    Re: ARA Recruitment Agency in Thailand (views: 7079)

    Online (Online) - Sun, 14 Nov 2010
    Posted by Admin

    While I agree with Randolph and Pete that teachers should never send money for the promise of employment because schools generally pay all fees to a recruitment company, I would have to say the word "scam" or "fraud" may be too strong at this point until someone comes forward to say they have been cheated/scammed/defrauded. If a recruitment agency asks for a refundable deposit up-front from a teacher, this is not a scam or fraud per se...it is ju....

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