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Jul 6, 2021

Fake teaching contracts: 3 tips to avoid scams

It’s a sad reality that there are people out there who will try to scam teachers by offering them fake teaching contracts. So how can you spot and avoid these scams? We explain how.

We’ve had teachers contact us in the past about contracts that we’ve supposedly offered them that have turned out to be fake. These fake contracts are often in the name of reputable schools, such as those that Explore CRS work with.

It’s an old scam where ‘recruiters’ offer legitimate-looking contracts to candidates and then charge an ‘admin’ or 'visa processing fee’ before disappearing, never to be heard from again.

We wanted to write something warning you about these con artists posing as recruiters and to give three simple tips on how to spot fake contract offers:

1. We will never ask you to pay us fees for recruitment

When working with legitimate Explore CRS recruiters, we will never ask you for a fee for finding and placing you in a position. If a recruiter claiming to be from Explore CRS asks you for money, you can be sure they’re a fraudster.

2. You will never be offered a contract without being interviewed

Neither Explore CRS nor the schools we work with would ever offer any teacher a contract without completing at least one interview either in-person or via video call. These interviews will usually be done by a school head or principal. 

Additionally, we will always ask for referees and request references before a school sends out a contract.

3. We only use official company email addresses

Our recruiters and support staff only communicate through official email addresses. We don’t use Gmail, Hotmail or any other non-Explore CRS email clients to communicate with potential teachers. 

So, there you are. Three simple tips for spotting a recruitment con artist to avoid falling for their fake teaching contracts.

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If you think you have been contacted by a fake recruiter, or would like to verify any information you have received, please do contact us at

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