TESOL does not warrant that this information, or the information provided by any outside entity, is comprehensive, complete, or otherwise reliable. TESOL does not provide professional career or academic counseling, legal assistance, or legal advice, and cannot intervene in disputes between an employer and an employee. TESOL hopes the information is helpful but does not intend it to substitute for professional assistance. For more information on job seeking tips, visit the TESOL Resource page.

You can protect yourself against fraud by learning how to recognize the danger signs in advance.

Know who you're dealing with.
Find the employer's physical address and phone number and verify the person with whom you are communicating actually works there. With email, internet phone services and other web-based technologies, it's tough to tell where someone is contacting you from.

Wiring money is like sending cash.
Con artists often insist that people wire money, especially overseas, because it's nearly impossible to reverse the transaction or trace the money. Don't wire money to strangers, even with the promise of a job at the end.

Don't agree to deposit a check and wire money back.
By law, banks have to make funds from deposited checks available within days, but uncovering a fake check can take weeks. You're responsible for the checks you deposit: If a check turns out to be a fake, you're responsible for paying back the bank. No matter how convincing the story, someone who overpays with a check is almost certainly a scam artist.

Don't reply to messages asking for personal or financial information.
It doesn't matter whether the message comes as an email, a phone call, a text message, or an ad. Don't click on links or call phone numbers included in the message, either. It's called phishing. The crooks behind these messages are trying to trick you into revealing sensitive information. If you got a message like this and you are concerned about your account status, call the number on your credit or debit card - or your statement - and check on it.

Don't believe promises of easy money.
If someone claims that you can earn money with little or no work, it's probably a scam. If an offer looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Resist pressure.
Legitimate companies will be happy to give you time to make a decision about a job. It's probably a scam if they demand that you act immediately or won't take "No" for an answer.

Beware of imposters.
Someone might send you an email pretending to be connected with a business, or create a Web site or an email address that looks just like that of a well-known company. If you're not sure that you're dealing with the real thing, find another way to contact the legitimate business or charity and ask.

Report Scams
If you think you may have been scammed please contact TESOL Customer Service immediately at 888-491-8833.

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