Friday, March 27, 2015

Beware Of China Internship Scam Operators - Not Only Gi2C - There Are Many Frauds Targeting You!

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If you haven't seen the ads yet, you will. Or maybe you will get an email invitation or Skype call out of the blue. The pitch is that you can get a great international job in China that is not even advertised but only if you go through the "back door" with an internship. And they want to sell you one of there "reserved slots" for $999 to $4,999!  Truth be told, there are plenty of real internships offered by many International companies but they do NOT call or solicit you! They have dozens of people contacting them every week! The good news is their internships are absolutely free aside from the cost of your air fare. But if you end up getting a job offer from them they will usually reimburse the air fare costs.

Lately a lot of people have been shining a light on Gi2c that charges a lot of money to get a internship in China. We have no time to investigate them but we do know that there are over a dozen such companies in China and in the UK that sell internships and 99% of them are frauds that cause people a lot of grief and disappointment.  We do know that every teaching internship we have seen in the last three years turned out to be a scam. 

In China many illegal scams operate within the gray area of the law and the police are frustrated trying to figure out how to deal with them. Just remember, there is no BBB or FTC here to protect you so if you get swindled it would end up being just an expensive lesson in common sense for you. Here are some links you should probably visit if you are looking at exploring a China internship:  http://chinainternshipreviews.wordpress.com and http://www.thebeijinger.com/forum/2015/03/20/gi2c-china-job-internships-are-not-scam#comment-507040

Sometimes it is very easy to be talked into something you wanted to do anyway, so make sure that any internship you pursue is offered only by a direct employer, and preferable from a big name international company you know well. China is full of schemes and if you get cheated it doesn't matter if they are technically "legal".  Some of the biggest frauds in China have huge web sites and articles published in reputable newspapers because they buy big advertising contracts and the article you are reading is really a clever "advertorial."  Many also buy time on the "talk radio" shows. Don't be fooled and you won't become a victim.


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