In addition, three new school scams are operating - these are Ajnadeen International School, Royal International School and Savolar International.com. Royal International School appears to be a copy of the website for Raha International School Abu Dhabi, whilst Sovalar International is a copy of the website for Renaissance School Dubai.
We understand that the majority of the fake websites listed in our article below have been blocked by the web hosts with the exception of Dubai British School, Ittihad University. There is also a scam which has been operating for some time - Emirates National Schools which has been copied from their genuine website.
Read our below article in full to find out more about the schools that have been used as targets for scams so far, and the key information that will ensure you are not caught out. It is common practice for these scammers to move their fake websites between different hosts, so a website that may not currently be working is very likely to reappear on a different platform.
This is a copy of the real website Jumeira University, located in Al Qouz, Dubai.
In late October 2019, WhichSchoolAdvisor.com warned teachers about the latest teacher scam in our article 'Warning, New Teacher Scam targets Teachers'. A few months on and four further fake schools are promoting themselves, contacting teachers and informing them that they have been selected for a position. WhichSchoolAdvisor was contacted first about Etik International School Abu Dhabi.
The salary offer for Etik International School is AED 15,500 in pay, a generous (unspecified) AED 3,000 weekly allowance, AED 3,000 monthly car maintenance allowance, a further AED 3,000 monthly rent allowance and an AED 36,000 annual allowance. The "lucky" recipient of this fantastic offer was informed that his CV had been taken from OET jobs. There was no interview and no other screening process.
Fortunately, the recipient of the offer, Syed, checked for this non-existent school on WhichSchoolAdvisor.com and when he did not find it, contacted us by every conceivable means to check whether the offer was genuine.
Unfortunately, we have again had to dash an excited teacher's hopes by confirming that there is no such school and that this is another attempt to scam teachers through extracting visa payments up front, with no chance of the visa or job actually being realised.
The generosity of the offer is designed to attract the potential employee to continue through the process and make the up front visa payments.
The website itself has been put together through the use of images from at least one existing school. In fact, the 'authors' have failed to correct their spelling or grammar mistakes and have quoted the real school in error when attempting to post their Mission statement.
The usual tell-tale sign of an address that does not ring true (this time in a high rise building) and a mobile telephone number add more clues to the evidence that the site is fake. But above all else, the complete lack of interview and other screening process makes it clear that this is in no way genuine.
Job applicants are referred to a Dubai-based travel agency - Union Gulf Travel and Tourism. Again, there is no landline, purely mobile numbers, and the agency appears to focus on visa issuance.
We have advised Syed to contact Abu Dhabi Education and Knowledge Department to make them aware of the existence of this latest attempt by fraudsters in the UAE to take advantage of genuine job seekers.
The second case is, if anything, even more audacious than that of Etik International. Ontario International Canadian School was a genuine school, located in Mirdif, Dubai, that unfortunately closed in June 2019. The scammers have simply duplicated the genuine school's website - http://oics.ae/ - and copied it to a new, slightly different, web address, - http://oicsae.com/. Once again, the contact number is a cell phone.
Although WhichSchoolAdvisor has not seen the offer letter in full, it seems remarkably similar in appearance to that for Etik International School, though we have no evidence of a connection and the terms of the offer a not as generous. However, a second teacher who has contacted us with a similar (though higher salary) package which included allowances of 'Car Maintenance: AED 3,600, (Monthly) House & Furnishings: AED 36,659 (Yearly), Entertainment & Recreation: AED 2,203 (Monthly), Travel & Events: AED 3,489 (Monthly)'.
'In addition, All Employees will receive AED 21,598 Take home for each leave Period. Employer for each Inter-continental trip shall be paid AED 12929 Flat Rate travel/entertainment allowance to employee. Travel shall be by business class/first class flight, or otherwise if necessary'.
In this case, the travel agency involved is Emirates Way Travel Agency in Dubai.
Again, we can only advise teachers to stay alert and suspicious of any job offer with an inflated salary package for positions for which they have not applied, and have not been interviewed or screened, and check that the contact details include a landline number (not a mobile number). Any mention of visa processing for which they are expected to pay, should be the most significant warning sign.
All registered schools in Dubai are listed on the KHDA's website, whilst those in Abu Dhabi can be found here (though ADEK does not list planned or newly opening schools). In Sharjah, Sharjah Private Education Authority is responsible for the operations of private schools, although these are not listed on their website. They can be contacted by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
As of 18th March, we understand that the websites for both Reinhold International School and Etik International School have been taken down by the hosting company.
This leaves OICS and a further website for Al Madinah International School in operation. The image for this latest scam school is a rendering of the Swiss International Scientific School, Dubai.