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  • 1.  About authentic information

    Posted 13-03-2019 13:11
    Dear all
    Hello! I am from.Bangladesh, recently have got an offer from Al Morbid Engineering LLC in UAE, at Abudhabi through sending my online video for interview &  sent also my CV along with all documents of my academic career. The offer is quiet fissy in the sense that they are going to pay high salary with housing, car & others. Moreover, I don't know anyone there. My question is:
    a. Is there any one on Abudhabi who can help me for judging all these? There is phone number. ( Physibility of the office)
    b. An Engineering office does really need an ESL Teacher?
    c. They said they have got my CV in TFL Job portal ( Yes, I have).
    The connector's name is Asker Ajmal.
    Please, suggest me a good way about everything. Here I am attached the offer letter & all. I have taken time & they said tto join by august.Thank you.




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    Hasina Momtaz
    (MA (ELL), MA (ELT), MEd, LLb
    Assistant Professor of English & Tutor of Open University.
    Govt. Hazi Mohd. Mohsin College
    Chittagong, Bangladesh
    Email hmomtaz69@gmail.com
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  • 2.  RE: About authentic information

    Posted 14-03-2019 05:48
    Hello Hasina,

    I haven't worked in the Middle East, but I have worked in China for a considerable time, and scams are not uncommon in any EFL environment. As someone who has not only worked in, but done hiring for, Chinese Universities, this sets off every alarm in my system.

    From what I do know of the Middle East, sex for the teacher determines who they can teach (males teach male students; female teach female students), so the idea of an Engineering Company needing a female teacher strikes me as highly implausible (if not outright impossible) since most of the employees would probably be men.

    That aside, the monthly pay ($9121 USD/month) seems excessively high, even for UAE, particularly as you are not a native English speaker or a PhD.

    I also did a Google search for the company, and their website isn't working, so that's another alarm for me. I did go beyond that and found a similar discussion on a expat messaging board where the offer was much lower than yours, and the consensus there was that it is a scam.

    For me, I harken back to the simple adage - if it looks too good to be true, it probably is. I would think this is the case here, particularly if they approached you. I would steer clear of this, and stick to looking for jobs through more reputable sites, like Dave's ESL Cafe, Serious Teachers, Times Higher Education (THE) University Jobs, or similar sites.

    So my two cents is give this a pass - keep yourself safe and avoid it; I'm sure other teachers in the region will chime in with the same opinion too. If you need help with finding posts internationally, feel free to PM me and I'll see what I can do to help you out in terms of locations and requirements.

    Best,
    Rob

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    Mr. Robin Dahling
    Lecturer, English Language Teaching Unit
    The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
    Sha Tin, New Territories
    Hong Kong
    Phone: (852) 3943 5941
    Email: Robin.Dahling@cuhk.edu.hk
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  • 3.  RE: About authentic information

    Posted 14-03-2019 09:08
    Hi Hasina,
      In response to your question I would be careful about the offer because it is dependent upon you signing some agreement with a Travel agent to get a Visa. So if they are not talking to you byphone and in person then there are serious questions you need to ask.  I have not worked in the UAE but you need to get in contact with someone who works and teaches there to determine if the offer is real or some sort of trick to pay a lot of money to apply for a Visa that may take months to get, etc. I also received an email from the same company (Morbidi) to apply but did not follow up.
    Take care,
    John Chavez-Pedersen
    EFL / ELT

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    John Chavez-Pedersen
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  • 4.  RE: About authentic information

    Posted 15-03-2019 01:25
    Hello Robin, John, Jorge & others

    Heartiest thanks & gratitude to you all for providing me all such exclusive & careful information about my querry.  I am really shocked & puzzled! Now, I am worried about my academic & co-curricular documents that I have sent along with my copy of passport!!  But I didn't sign in any agreement or anything that they sent to me. Thanks again & keep me in your prayers. Why not anyone can take criminal action against them?

    Hasina
    Bangladesh

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    Hasina Momtaz
    (MA (ELL), MA (ELT), MEd, LLb
    Assistant Professor of English & Tutor of Open University.
    Govt. Hazi Mohd. Mohsin College
    Chittagong, Bangladesh
    Email hmomtaz69@gmail.com
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  • 5.  RE: About authentic information

    Posted 15-03-2019 01:37
    Hasina,

    The reason no one can do anything to them is because they haven't done anything illegal yet. Even if they have intent to commit fraud of some kind, they need to actually do it (attempted fraud is not a recognized crime in any country that I know of), which hasn't happened (and won't happen because you won't be considering this any further).

    In regards to your documents and the copy of your passport, I can't imagine someone utilizing that for identify theft purposes, unless they have some form of underground connections, which could probably produce ID without your help. That said, if you're concerned about it, you could report this to your local government office that is responsible for passports and identification and let them deal with it accordingly (but this may incur financial costs on your part if they decide to cancel your passport and re-issue a new one to you, which they'll likely charge you for - assuming they do anything). I wouldn't worry too much about that though - in all likelihood, their intent was to get money through various costs/expenses that you'd outlay first and get reimbursed for afterwards.

    Cheers,
    Rob

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    Mr. Robin Dahling
    Lecturer, English Language Teaching Unit
    The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
    Sha Tin, New Territories
    Hong Kong
    Phone: (852) 3943 5941
    Email: Robin.Dahling@cuhk.edu.hk
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  • 6.  RE: About authentic information

    Posted 14-03-2019 23:34
    Greetings.

    Honestly, it is most likely a scam. 

    It has been reported in this page already:

    At this moment, the first hits on google reveal their possible webpage doesn't work.

    Lastly, remember to check for this things:
    *The email address (is it a private company one, not gmail or similar).
    *If they ever ask about paying anything (visa, insurance, health certificate).
    *If the pay is way beyond expectations (and a wide range). 

    Feel free to research some more and read any replies that other people from this network share with you.

    Always be careful with your personal information.

    Peace be with you. 


    Jorge Córdova
    Translation & Design Services









  • 7.  RE: About authentic information

    Posted 15-03-2019 15:30

    Hi Hansina from Bangladish, 

    Re:  "The offer is quiet fissy…" Sadly, there is on-going not so good news that has been resurfacing on the news recently about the safety of guest workers (in particular) in the middle east.  If the job offer is in the middle east, you may want to decline it at this time.  The middle east is constantly on the news nowadays---to be a hostile and a dangerous place to live and to work.  You would not want to put yourself in harm's way, right?  I would recommend looking into China, Korea or Japan for a teaching job---these three countries are offering the same perks and benefits---as I understand from other colleagues.  Be very careful where to work these days. Check-out the TESOL Job Seeker's link for English teachers job openings.  


    MerriLee  Leonard
    M.A.Ed.,TESL
    United States
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