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03-04-2014, 02:50 AM
Lord byron college scam from avicsennas@gmail.com:pulling_hair_out: :pulling_hair_out:

If you like send greetings to the scammer(s) itself.


After many request i contacted mr. John credico, the course director from lord byron college in bari, italy today myself.

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+ it is a scam using the teachers job search plattforms +
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Once you aplied for an job you'll got the following message ...

Look at the emailaddress avicsennas and stop to belive here !!!
From: avicsennas@gmail.com [mailto:avicsennas@gmail.com] on behalf of contact@lordbyroncollege.com
Sent: mittwoch, 26. Februar 2014 03:08
To: xxxxx@xxxxxx.xxx
Subject: dear xxxxxx xxxxxxxxx

Below is the full description of out job you applied for.

Serious/enthusiastic eu , non eu teachers urgently.

Location: bari, puglia, italy
Deadline: saturday 15. March 2014
Experience: 1 year and extendable
Positions: 3

One of italy's largest private language schools, with forty years' experience, full member of the european association of quality language services (eaquals), authorized test centre for cambridge ucles, ielts , toefl, toeic and ecdl, authorized training centre for ucles delta teaching qualification, seeks qualified, experienced efl teachers with degree and tefl certification for the period of a year with possibility of extension and/or renewal. Good working conditions, full support, possibility to become cambridge oral examiner. Opportunity for career advancement with in-house training and possibility to take part in free in-house delta course.

Career minded efl teachers with degree and tefl qualification as well as at least one year's teaching experience ( note that experience and degrees are not compulsory if you are ready to work and learn). Please note that, due to italian employment regulations, we can now also consider us, canadian, australian and south african nationals, etc.

Courses offered:

Lord byron college offers courses of english, french, german, spanish and italian on all levels and for all ages from very young children to advanced programmes, both general fluency from a1 to c2 council of europe levels and technical/academic language programmes. Courses last from 20 to 60 hours and include both individual lessons and group courses.

Dynamic and supportive teaching environment, good working conditions, in-house training and teacher development, free italian language courses for our teachers, free in-house delta course and teacher training and development. Starting salary from 2,300-2,400 euro net per month. Contracts with national insurance and pension coverage. Ten days paid national holidays during contracted period.

Teachers should be willing to share teaching ideas, assist in the preparation of new teaching materials and attend training/development days in school and local or national teacher conferences/training days (all expenses paid).
Severance pay: 2,000 euro
Additional teaching hours taught are paid as overtime.
Paid holidays over christmas, easter and any local or national holidays which fall within the contractual period.
100% medical insurance
Accommodation details: paid independent accommodation.
Traveling expenses reimbursed upon arrival.

Please forward your cv, passport, degrees/certificates and recent photograph to proceed:

Mr john credico, course director
Via sparano 102
Bari, apulia
70121 - italy.
Tel: (+39) 0694801641, (+39) 0694805851
Fax: 080 523 2686
Skype: lordbyroncolleges

03-11-2014, 06:51 PM
I have also been duped by this group and luckily thought to check when asked to pay 190 euros for visa…Im so grateful for your service to fight against this corruption. What is the next step..to report to our Us Embassy?

03-11-2014, 07:07 PM

Strange. someone is in the rental business as well. Not sure what to make of this?


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In some cases, there's no home at all, but in other cases, the scammer uses pictures and descriptions of an actual house that's for sale - not for rent. The con artist may assume the real name of the property owner in emails. And unwitting homeowners become inundated with would-be tenants traipsing across their properties and in some cases even claiming the right to move in.

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03-11-2014, 07:25 PM
Lord byron college scam from avicsennas@gmail.com:pulling_hair_out: :pulling_hair_out:

After many request i contacted mr. John credico, the course director from lord byron college in bari, italy today myself.

For clarification, were you contacted FIRST by avicsennas@gmail.com from a job posting? As opposed to contacting the school directly? The email contact@lordbyroncollege.com is from the schools domain. It is odd that if they were the ones running the scam that they would turn around and use a gmail account.

Just putting it out there, is it possible the school is legitimate, but the person who contacted you was running the scam?

From the Email above:
Starting salary from 2,300-2,400 euro net per month

From the website below:

For the period indicated, starting salary for teachers is 900 euro per month net for 27.5 hours per week, with national insurance and pension scheme payments also covered by the school. Alternatively, teachers can opt for a 29.5 hour per week contract, again including meeting hours, for which they will receive 1,000 euro net per month.

Teaching Opportunities | Lord Byron College (http://www.lordbyroncollege.com/teaching-opportunities)

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Of course none of that is to say there are not plenty of visa, travel, job, teaching, etc. scams floating around.

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Today, the Internet provides an almost infinite source of information, on all kinds of topics. This means that when you receive a potential ESL teaching job offer, you should spend a good amount of time pouring over all the resources that the Internet offers, including forums where ESL teachers come together and where scams are exposed. If you do not find your potential scam employer among the discussion threads, continue to prod deeper in the research. If it is a school, search it with a search engine and see whether it is legit. If the job is provided through an intermediary, be sure to contact the school yourself to see whether the offer is actually real. Spend at least 1-2 days with this research, since it will reduce the chances of a scam.

The location of the job should also flag a potential scam. The Seychelles? The Maldives? What is the real probability of such a job coming from these tourist locations where most of the people already speak English?

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03-28-2014, 06:48 AM

The genuine Lord Byron College (http://www.lordbyroncollege.com/teaching-opportunities)