UPDATE : Teacher Scams, August 2022!

In August 2021, we started to update our article to cover all the scam job offers made to teachers for roles in the UAE. By the end of July 2022, we were able to include the details of 32 scams. We will continue to include all of these in our article, but are starting a new tally for the new academic year - so here is the first of the 2022-23 academic year!
UPDATE : Teacher Scams, August 2022!
By Lyn Soppelsa
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So as we start the new academic year in August 2022, we can tell you that the scammers are still doing their best to make money out of the 'visa process' through trying to attract teachers to their 'fake' schools.

The first scam school offer of the new academic year is from a previous scam that was active in 2020. WhichSchoolAdvisor.com has received email messages from six teachers in the past week who have received offers from this 'school' which is extremely active.
The scam relates to a genuine school - Ontario International Canadian School in Dubai - which closed in June 2019.  Full details can be found by following the above link.  We understand that the fake website - http://oicsae.com - is again operational. Offer letters are being emailed by Prof Mousab Elnour, HR DIRECTOR, Ontario International Canadian School - UAE, Address:15th St,  Algeria Road, Uptown Mirdiff, Dubai- United Arab Emirates from the following email address: [email protected]
The travel agent involved is GULF REGIONAL TOURISM & TRAVEL-UAE, Office # 2, Ground Floor, City Centre Building, Behind Abu hail Centre, Dubai- United Arab Emirates. Tel: +971-5 2107 5084, Email: [email protected] and [email protected], Website: www.gulfregionaltravel.com.  The contact person is Hakim Ben Hassine.

Check details of current and ongoing scams below.

We are re-posting our reminder as to key points to look out for in these scams - 

  • Scammers usually approach job-seekers through CVs that have been posted on job search websites.
  • Scammers do not engage directly with job-seekers other than by phone and email. They rely on responses to questionnaires; they do not conduct interviews (either face to face or via Skype/Zoom) and they will not respond to detailed questions. The quality of English used in the emails is generally not fluent. Latterly, to give more credibility, the contacts often have a title (Dr./Prof) and an English-sounding name.
  • Salary and benefits are always disproportionately high to the norm (often by a factor of five or more times the usual salary, and with benefits that are not usually offered in the UAE).
  • 'Successful candidates' will be required to transfer funds to a 'travel agency' in order for employment and family visas to be processed - this is where the scammers make their money.
  • Email addresses may include public mail addresses (Gmail is common) in addition to one linked to the fake website.  Sometimes, there is no website...
  • Telephone numbers will be cell/mobile numbers.  In the UAE, cell/mobile numbers commence with 971 (the country code) and either 50, 52, 54, 55, 56 or 58 plus a seven digit number - 000 0000.  Scammers will split the layout of the numbers differently to make it less obvious that the number is a cell/mobile number.
  • Where there is a website, it is likely to be a copy of genuine site.  Read the content carefully - often there will be an overlooked reference to the real school (initials in the text, logos on children's shirts..).
  • Check the LinkedIn profile of staff named on the site; often this will lead you to the genuine school (or to a fake Principal of a non-existent school). Recently, the name of the Principal on a fake school site was that of an Olympic athlete, though the image was of the genuine Principal at the real school.

If you receive an apparent scam offer, please email us with the details to [email protected] (particularly the website details and those of the travel agency involved), so that we can pass this information on to the authorities try get the website closed down.

This is the list of schools/universities involved in teacher recruitment scams from August 2021 until today:

American University of Sharjah
Abu Dhabi University
Durham School Dubai
SABIS School Ruwais, Abu Dhabi
Al Maali International School
Dunecrest American School
University of Wollongong (May version).
Al Qasimia University Sharjah
The Cambridge School of Abu Dhabi
AJMAN UNIVERSITY UAE,
HABALJAIN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL ACADEMY 
United School of Baniyas Abu Dhabi
Al Hasim International Schools Abu Dhabi
Al Zaabi International School Abu Dhabi
Biotechnology University College Dubai
University of Wollongong - revised scam - November 2021
Kings College Dubai
University of Modern Sciences
ADNOC School Abu Dhabi
University of Wollongong
Etihad Global International School
Amina English School
Al Ittihad Model School
iEnglish Language Institute
Jumeirah Model School
Al Hajain International School
Victoria High School Dubai
Erudite International School
Emaar International School
Al Haja International School
Elite Private School

As at July 31st, we have been informed that the Ajman University scam, originally notified in early May, is in full swing again.  

Offers are coming from Ajman University, P.O.Box: 346, Ajman, United Arab Emirates; telephone Toll Free : 800 (2878), or Tel : +971 5286 89240, with email contact at [email protected].  The fake website is https://www.ajmanac.com; the genuine one is https://www.ajman.ac.ae.  Previously the scammers had used Pajema Travel and Tours as the agency to whom visa payments were to be made.  It is not clear whether the same agent is involved now, but in any event, if you receive an offer from the Ajman University using any of the contacts mentioned, you know to discard it!

As we head towards the end of July, the latest fake job offers are being issued by the American University of Sharjah. 

The most recent victim of this scam received an email from Khalaf Recruitment <[email protected]> on behalf of Dr. Ahmed Suleiman of the American University of Sharjah. The contact details include a mobile/cell number +971 5036 429 68, and an 'Official Email' address of [email protected] OR [email protected] The visa process is through Insurer Travel Agency, located in the Tourist Club Area of Abu Dhabi.  The contact person is Dr. Assadi Kazim, Visa Processing Officer, contact details: +971 5862 565 48 and e-mail: [email protected]

There are two further scams to report as at mid-July. The first is a revived scam involving Abu Dhabi University.  If you receive an offer for any of genuine university's branches in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain or Dubai using the following website: https://www.aduaec.com and contact information - telephone  +971567217845 Call Center), or email: [email protected]/[email protected], you know it is fake.

The second scam is a new one, involving a genuine school - Durham School Dubai - that will open in August in Dubai.

The genuine website for Durham School Dubai has been copied with a small change to the website and school email addresses - the fake site is https://durhamdubaia.com/durh/ (note the additional 'a' on 'Dubai').  The scammers have confused themselves - using both the genuine website and email addresses in their offer letters.  The usual cell phone number +971 58 870 2033 and false email address - [email protected] - show the fraud up for what it is.  The travel agent in this case is ABAL TRAVEL & TOURISM DUBAI (UAE) whose Head Office is in Deira at Golden Business Centre, 5th floor Office 402, Port Saeed Airport Road. E-mail: [email protected]/[email protected], website: www. abaltravel.com and Contact Person, Mr. Jack Wilson.

On the last day of June, the scammers were obviously going into override to recruit for the new academic year. 

None of the four scams reported to us today are new, but they are active. Look out for SABIS School Al Ruwais, University of Modern Sciences, Al Maali International School, and English Language Institute.  Full details within this article, but all you need to know is that the offers are fake, and the attempt to take your cash for equally fake visas, very real!

There is a third new scam notified to us in June - and it is quite a sophisticated one, in so far as the scammers have chosen a genuine school with a genuine website. The school involved is SABIS School Ruwais, Abu Dhabi. 

However, SABIS Ruwais no longer operates under that name.  The school, which belongs to the ADNOC Oil Company group, was subsequently transferred to the management of Aldar Academies under the name  ADNOC School, Ruwais.  

For the rest, the school is using a mobile contact number +971 52 152 0361 and email address:
[email protected]  The contact person from HR is Professor Elias Hendricks, Human Resources Director, SABIS International School - Abu Dhabi.

As always, there is the obligatory travel agent to whom the visa monies must be paid.  In this case, it is GULFLANE TRAVELS AND TOURISM LLC, who are supposedly located at Clock Tower Bldg, Baniyas Najda Street, Abu Dhabi. Telephone: +971-558901946, Email:  [email protected], CC: [email protected], Website: www.gulflanetravels.com.
The contact person is Saeed Gholami, (Chief Immigration Agent). 

The second scam advised to us in June involves Al Maali International School. We do not have details of a website, but offers are coming by email from [email protected]  The travel agency for 'visa processing' - which the fraudsters have tried to disguise as an employment agency - is EMIRATES EXPRESS EMPLOYMENT TRAVEL AGENCY, located at  Zayed Bin Sultan St - Central District - Abu Dhabi. The contact details are: Email: [email protected], Cc: [email protected], Telephone: (+971) 58 939 7798 and website: www.uaexprestravels.com.

Please note that we have also been informed that the scam involving iEnglish Language Institute (originally reported in October 2021) is again being actively promoted.

With the arrival of June, a new scam has been notified to us.  This is a new one - purporting to represent Dunecrest American School in Dubai. The scammers have changed the school name marginally (through the addition of an 'a'). Much of the location detail is correct.

This group of fraudsters have also successfully copied the genuine Dunecrest American School website, instead using https://dunecresta.com. Offer letters are sent by Mr. Pat Hould (HR/Recruitment Manager) DUNECREST AMERICAN SCHOOL, P.O. Box 624265, Wadi Al Safa 3, (next to Al Barari), Dubai. As usual, the telephone number is that of a cell phone: +971 58 203 9855 and the various emails are: [email protected]; [email protected]; and [email protected] - that Gmail address should scream 'warning' to anyone receiving it.   
The travel agency involved in the scam is ABAL TRAVEL & TOURISM DUBAI (UAE) and the contact Mr. James Wilson, Head of Visa/Permits Operations. Contact details are: Phone: +971 58 823 6203; E-mail: [email protected]; E-mail: [email protected] and their website: www.abaltravel.com.

As we headed into June, we were advised of the scam - previously notified to us October and November of 2021 - involving the University of Wollongong in Dubai. The latest version of the scam involves a different team and a new fake travel agency.

This time, the email of the job offer is sent by Mohd Binti, Chief Recruitment Manager, on behalf of Dr Morgan Gray, Human Resources Director, at the UNIVERSITY OF WOLLONGONG IN DUBAI - UAE. Telephone: +971 5 2112 9880, and email: [email protected] The fake travel agency is either Metro or Mepro Travel Agency UAE - they can't even get the name straight! - represented by either Mohammed Salem or Maxwell Johnson. The travel agency is registered at 13th Floor, Salam HQ Bldg, Salam Street, Zayed, The First St, Al Markaziyah - Abu Dhabi U.A.E. The telephone number is: +971 526074259, and the email addresses are: [email protected] or: [email protected]

To avoid becoming a potential victim of the scammers, check our tips here.

On, 10th May, we received details of a new university scam.  Today we have another one - though the latest one is not new - we first listed it on 1st April.  This scam relates to another university - this time Ajman University UAE. 

The contact for this scam is AJMAN UNIVERSITY UAE, P.O.BOX:346.  The contact person is Mr. Farid Abbas, HR Manager.  His email is either [email protected] or [email protected]  Again, he has a cell phone number: +971557923746. It seems that there has been an attempt to set up a website - www.ajman-ac.com, but this is not operational.  The genuine Ajman University website is https://www.ajman.ac.ae/en.
And, of course, where there's a scam university or school, there is a scam travel agent to take the money for visa processing.  In this case, the travel agent is PAJEMA TRAVELS & TOURS, UAE, whose offices are at Megamall Tower Plot 260, Bu Daniq, Al Qassimia, Sharjah UAE. The contact person is Abdul Saleem, telephone +971529453387, email either [email protected] or [email protected] Their website is https://www.pajematravelandtours.com.

The scam brought to our attention on 10th May is for Al Qasimia University in Sharjah. 

Again, the scam process is the same.  The offer of the position is made by Dr. Abdul Mustapha, Hr.Manager, Al Qasimia University, with a cell phone number of +971 5036 429 68. Dr, Abdul's email is either [email protected] or [email protected] (note the mis-spelling of the university name). The travel agency involved is KABUL TRAVEL & TOURISM L.L.C, DUBAI, Telephone: +971 5037 574 21, E-mail:  [email protected] and the contact person is Dr. Barry Raman, Visa Processing Officer.  The genuine Al Qasimia University website is https://www.alqasimia.ac.ae/en. There does not appear to be a fake website.

The second scam advised to us in April (21st), is for the Cambridge School of Abu Dhabi. We have now been advised by four teachers of the receipt of an email invitation to apply for a position, based on his "profile on an online database portal".  The email purports to come from Prof. Adrian Warrwick Ladd for the school based in Mussafah. There are, in fact, two GEMS-operated schools in Abu Dhabi that bear the Cambridge name - GEMS Cambridge International School and The Cambridge High School - but no Cambridge School of Abu Dhabi. The fake travel agency involved is Gulflane Travel and Tourism.

We have also been informed that the scam involving iEnglish Language Institute is again currently active with offers being made to teachers.

As at 1st April, we have been informed of a scam being operated in the name of Ajman University.  The fake website is AJMAN UNIVERSITY UAE, P.O.BOX:346, email: [email protected] or [email protected]  The fake travel agency involved is PAJEMA TRAVELS & TOURS, UAE.

As at 20th March, hot off the presses, we have been made aware of a new scam in the name of HABALJAIN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL ACADEMY  in Abu Dhabi.  This appears to be a copy of the previous version of the Amity International School Abu Dhabi website which has recently been updated. Further details will be provided as they become available.

On 15th February 2022, we were advised that another new scam is doing the rounds - this one from the United School of Baniyas, Abu Dhabi - details in our update below.  We have been contacted by a number of teachers who have been offered positions in late February/early March and despite efforts by friends in law enforcement, it has not been possible to have it closed down

The United School of Baniyas scammers are still very active as at 16th March, with one potential recruit having been asked to pay AED 7,800 for visas and, when he provided proof of processing of this payment, a further AED 12,500 for health insurance cover.  Fortunately, he was able to stop part of the AED 7,800 visa payment after asking a relative to visit the non-existent offices of East Zone Travels, confirming his fears that this was a scam.    

We have also been advised by several teachers that the Emaar International School scammers are particularly active currently.  One teacher has already paid USD 2,125 for a visa which will never be issued for a job in a school that does not exist.  Biotechnology University College is also active, although we have received fewer reports.

Prior to the end of 2021, the scammers seemed to have slowed down their efforts a little. We received one further notification of a new scam, though teachers continue to receive offers from University of Wollongong, University of Modern Sciences and iEnglish Language Institute.  The last scam of 2021 involved the Biotechnology University College Dubai, further details below.

In early February we received word of a new scam involving the genuine United School of Baniyas Abu Dhabi.  The genuine school website appears to have been suspended - and we have received confirmation from our law enforcement contacts that the new website - https://unitedschofbaniyas.com/index.php/ -  is related to a scam.  The travel agency involved in the scam is EAST ZONE TRAVELS LLC, located at Bldg No 82,Hazza Bin Zayed Street, Abu Dhabi- United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971-526790664, Email: [email protected], or [email protected], Website: www.eastzonetravels.com.

At the end of January, we were advised of a scam under the name of Al Hasim International Schools Abu Dhabi.  As at mid-February, these scammers are still actively approaching teachers who have made their initial application online. This scam is being operated by a Nigerian team who set up the website on 27th January 2022.

The 'school' is based at 34 Fatima Bint Mubarak Street, PO. Box: 67589, Abu Dhabi.  Contact details of the HR Director, Zaheed Adel, are +971 58 863 7663 and email: [email protected] or [email protected]

The phony travel agency set up to collect funds for the fake visas is SouthCity Travels Agency UAE, and the contact person is Eden Robert, who can be reached on 
+971 58 669 5013, or by email at [email protected] 
The fake travel agency website: www.southcitytravelagency.com

The first scam of the new year notified to us is Al Zaabi International School in Abu Dhabi.  The fake website is www.alzaabiintersch.com. The man at the helm is a Professor Hester Woodwood, with visa payments to be made to Iconic Travel Agency LLC where Lucas Roberts is the Chief Processing Officer.

Our end of November scam is Biotechnology University College Dubai.  Based at Dubai Investment Park, although with a 'registered address' on the other side of the city at Al Twar 3, 7A Street, PO Box 232816, Dubai, the fake website is http://bucacae.com.

We do  not yet have details of the travel agency involved, which will be as fraudulent as the university.  Contact from the 'university' is via the usual ubiquitous mobile number - +971 56 721 7845, with the following email address for general inquiries: [email protected]  The content of the fake website has been stolen from the genuine University of Balamand Dubai.

It seems that university scams are becoming more frequent.  Having originally posted details of the scam involving the University of Wollongong in October, the scammers have moved to a new website and with new contact details.  It is no more legitimate than the previous one.  The scammers appear to be using the Naukrigulf.com recruitment website to attract potential victims.

The website has now changed to www.universityofwollongondubai.com (the genuine one is www.uowdubai.ac.ae) and the fake university has moved location from Dubai Knowledge Park to Sheikh Zayed Road. The email address being used by Consultant/HR Director DR.Stephen Ahmed is [email protected] with the following mobile/cell number: +97158 859 3141. The fake travel agency is Starcity Travels & Tourism LLC, website: www.starcitytravels.com, email: [email protected] and mobile phone number +971 55 753 2504. 

The last four scams notified to WhichSchoolAdvisor.com as 4th November are for Kings College Dubai, the University of Modern Sciences in Dubai,  ADNOC School Abu Dhabi and the University of Wollongong in Dubai (October version).

The most recent scam notified to us on 4th November is Kings College Dubai.  This is a scam school that has been in operation since at least June this year when it was previously notified to us.  The fake website is https://kingscollegedubai.wixsite.com/moeducation/about and is so unprofessional that two different members of staff are included, each bearing the same name. Whereas previously, the College used Hamdan Travel Agency for visa processing; this has now been changed to Karim Travel Agency for which only a Gmail address is provided.

The second university notified in the past 10 days is for the University of Modern Sciences in Dubai - www.umsduac.com. This appears to be a copy of the genuine university's website - www.ums.ae which can no longer be reached.  The President of the university as mentioned on the fake website was  (according to his LinkedIn profile) employed there until November 2020, when the university seems to have closed.  The travel agency through whom visa payments are required to be paid is Abdulla Al Mazroui Travel & Tourism Agency Dubai.  

The ADNOC School Abu Dhabi scammers claim to have a website, www.adnocsch-ae.com, but this is solely being used for emails.  The email address being used is 
[email protected] Details of the fake travel agent have not been advised - if you receive an offer from this school, please forward the content to us at [email protected]

If you receive an apparent scam offer for a 'school' WHICH IS NOT LISTED IN THIS ARTICLE, please email us with the details to [email protected] (particularly the website details and those of the travel agency involved), so that we can pass this information on to the authorities to try get the website closed down.


The second scam this week is for the University of Wollongong Dubai using a fake website: https://www.uowuac.com. Offers are being sent from UOWD Building, Dubai Knowledge Park, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, P.O. Box 20183.  The telephone number being used is another mobile number +971 50 872 0153. The website content has been stolen from the genuine University of Wollongong site - www.uowdubai.ac.ae. Again if you receive an offer from the fake university, please forward the content to us as above.

On 18th October we were notified of a scam involving Etihad Global International School Abu Dhabi. The fake website is https://www.ethdintsch.com/.

This appears to be linked to the Emaar International School scammers as both have copied the genuine Al Dhafra Schools website - https://www.dhafraschools.com/.  The fake travel agency involved is High Waves Travel Agency.  We have also received notification of two recent offers from Emaar International School - fake site - https://eis-ae.com/, though there appears to be a change of travel agency to Intercity Travel & Tourism (previously West Bay).   

Only a weekend after the notification of Jumeirah Model School (see below), we have been notified of the revival of an old scam school - Amina International School Dubai - which we originally registered back in March 2020.  The fake school has been revived for the new academic year with a copy of the genuine Woodlem Park School (based in Ajman) website.  
On 13th October, we received details of a scam recruitment email sent by "Prof: Brian Moore/ Hr Director, Al Ittihad Model School, Abu Dhabi" requesting the applicant to complete full details, return within 48 hours and to state his salary expectations in US Dollars. The email purported to come from Gulf-Recruitment Agency.

On 11th October, we were notified of a slightly different scam.

This scam is targeting teachers interested in working in a language institute.  The genuine organisation is  iEnglish Language Institute with branches in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Al Ain.  The genuine website is https://ienglish.ae/ and email address is [email protected] 

The scam is based on offering roles at iEnglish via a job-seeker website - ELS Employment.com. Their website is https://www.eslemployment.com/. The job description for the role applied for by our contact was posted here and the email she received with the fantastic offer came from [email protected]  It was only when our applicant saw the mention of a non-existent travel agent - KARIM Travel Agency - [email protected]that she contacted the real iEnglish Language Institute and received confirmation that this was a scam.

Just a reminder as to key points to look out for in these scams - 

  • Scammers usually approach job-seekers through CVs that have been posted on job search websites.
  • Scammers do not engage directly with job-seekers other than by phone and email. They rely on responses to questionnaires; they do not conduct interviews (either face to face or via Skype/Zoom) and they will not respond to detailed questions. The quality of English used in the emails is generally not fluent. Latterly, to give more credibility, the contacts often have a title (Dr./Prof) and an English-sounding name.
  • Salary and benefits are always disproportionately high to the norm (often by a factor of five or more times the usual salary, and with benefits that are not usually offered in the UAE).
  • 'Successful candidates' will be required to transfer funds to a 'travel agency' in order for employment and family visas to be processed - this is where the scammers make their money.
  • Email addresses may include public mail addresses (Gmail is common) in addition to one linked to the fake website.  Sometimes, there is no website...
  • Telephone numbers will be cell/mobile numbers.  In the UAE, cell/mobile numbers commence with 971 (the country code) and either 50, 52, 54, 55, 56 or 58 plus a seven digit number - 000 0000.  Scammers will split the layout of the numbers differently to make it less obvious that the number is a cell/mobile number.
  • Where there is a website, it is likely to be a copy of genuine site.  Read the content carefully - often there will be an overlooked reference to the real school (initials in the text, logos on children's shirts..).
  • Check the LinkedIn profile of staff named on the site; often this will lead you to the genuine school (or to a fake Principal of a non-existent school). Recently, the name of the Principal on a fake school site was that of an Olympic athlete, though the image was of the genuine Principal at the real school.

If you receive an apparent scam offer, please email us with the details to [email protected] (particularly the website details and those of the travel agency involved), so that we can pass this information on to the authorities try get the website closed down.

Scam number seven, looks more credible than several of the more recent efforts to 'fleece' teachers.  This is for Jumeirah Model School - an apparently real UAE Ministry of Education public school, that curiously offers the UK curriculum and suggests that it has been inspected by the KHDA (which only inspects private schools). Their website appears to be genuine, but as usual the tell-tale signs are there.  An over-inflated salary that any UAE expat would be happy to earn, the usual mobile number and [email protected] email address and a logo clearly copied from another genuine private school with a motto from a second Dubai private School.  The final clue is a travel agency - though its name suggests that it is a Corporate services organisation ("approved travel agency CORPORATE MIGRATION SERVICES - UAE") until you read the contract in detail. One more scam to avoid.

Following on from Victoria High School Dubai and Erudite International School Abu Dhabi,  October brings Abu Dhabi-based Alhajain International School; its website is  https://www.alhajaininternationalschool.com/. This scam was previously notified to us in August, but the school has had a slight change of name since then (when it was Al Haja International School).  This is a copy of the genuine website of The British International School of Abu Dhabi (BISAD) The fake travel agency involved is LUWIEN EMIRATE TRAVELS AGENCY.
Additionally, we have been informed of teachers receiving emails from Amina International School Dubai - coming from 'Betty Harold' - who is asking recipients to complete an online interview questionnaire. There does not appear to be a fake school website in this case, but the next step to completion of the questionnaire will undoubtedly be a job offer as fake as the school!

In late September, we were notified about Victoria High School Dubai - the fake website is www.victoriahighschoolae.com. Supposedly located in the Emirates Hills area of the city, this non-existent school processes non-existent visas through Barak Travel & Tourism Dubai.  Interestingly, this is one of several scams that has used an employment contract issued by Aspen Healthcare - a genuine UAE company. 

This was followed by a school supposedly based in Abu Dhabi called Erudite International School - https://eruditeintlschool.com/.  The website is a copy of the site belonging to Loyola International School in Doha, Qatar.  There have been several recent UAE scams where genuine schools located in Qatar have had their websites copied.  In this case, the phony travel agent is Fast Gulf Travel Dubai.

The first two scam recruitment campaigns for non-existent schools of the 2021-22 academic year hit us on the same day. One day later, scam number three popped into our inbox

The latest is Emaar International School Abu Dhabi. The school contact email is [email protected], with the ubiquitous mobile contact number of  +971 52 107 5084. No details of the travel agency as yet, but up front visa fees of 3,000 AED. If you have been contacted by this 'school' and have additional information, please contact us at [email protected] 

On Wednesday 25th August we received notification of Al Haja International School operating from a fake website. This domain was set up on 4th August and is linked to a fake travel agency, Luwien Emirates Travels for the scam visa process. As usual, contact is via a mobile phone number.

The third scam school we have received this month concerns the fictional Elite Private School, Abu Dhabi, with Al Asrar Travel & Tourism - UAE as the travel agent contact, using the following email addresses and phone number. The contacts for the school are : [email protected] or phone:+971523579289, and the contact person Mr. Manuel Narssau.

If you believe that you have been sent a scam job offer, please share it with us via [email protected], so that we can ensure other unsuspecting teachers are not duped by these thieves.

June 2021 updates -  a week after two further scams were advised to WhichSchoolAdvisor.com, a further scam - the fifth in the month of June so far - has been advised to us by a teacher approached by ACS International School.

As is normally the case, the offer from the 'school' is unusually generous, and as always, involves payment for visas in advance of arrival in the UAE. This time, the scammers have chosen highly regarded not-for-profit American Community School in Abu Dhabi as a creditable name to base their scam around.

The fake school website is www.acsinterschoolae.com, with the following contact details - [email protected] or Tel: +971 5 210 75084. The job offer was made in the name of Prof- Wayne Francis Breslin.  The fake travel agency through whom visas are to be applied for is West Bay Travels and Tourism L.L.C, Tel: 00971-558901946,
Email: [email protected] and [email protected]  The fake website for the agency is www.westbaytravels.com.

The latest to be notified to us by our contact at Stop419scams.com is The Mina International School Dubai.   This is a copy of the Oxford School Dubai website. The Oxford School currently carries a warning on its website about scam teaching positions. This time, the scammers have used Westernised names for their fake recruiters - Mrs. Linda Glenn and Mr. Jack Logan. The school is supposed to be located in Emirates Hills. The travel agency involved is Haamid Travel & Tourism Dubai. If you are contacted by someone representing the non-existent Mina International School, we advise that this is a scam.

In addition, we have received details of a further 'school' Kings College Dubai. These scammers have been smart in choosing a school name (Kings) that is genuine in the city (there are three branches of the Kings Schools), but no College.  The associated travel agency is Hamdan Travel Agency

Fortunately, the teacher who was offered the position at Kings College Dubai made some additional checks.  She found that there was no school at the location provided to be found on Google maps, no reviews of the school on Google either, and that the school was not registered with Dubai's School Regulator - the KHDA.  Simple checks that saved her potentially paying out thousands of Dirhams for visas for non-existent positions.

If you are made aware of a scam recruitment campaign, please contact us at [email protected] so that we can share it with other potential victims. Please forward copies of emails received - particularly the employment contract and travel agency contact email.  We pass these directly to Stop419scams.com who aim to get fake websites removed without delay. You can check for scam schools bu using the search function on their website.

The scam school details provided on 6th June was ACS International School  http://www.acsinterschoolae.com/ which has duplicated the website of Virginia International School Abu Dhabi. The contact number given for the school is +971 52 107 5084 (a cell number, as usual).  We have asked the teacher  who notified us this scam to forward further details if at all possible, and will update the information related to this scam school as we receive it.

The scam notified to us last week (on 4th June) is for a fake Abu Dhabi-based school - Etihad Global International Schools.  As usual, there is a fake website: http://www.ethdintsch.com/contact-us.html, and the scammers are contacting teachers who have posted their resumes on genuine Career Search sites - in this case drjobs.ae. 

Our potential victim was contacted by Mr Ahmed Robinson, Senior Recruitment Manager, Etihad Global Intl School, his contact details being Tel: +971 52 2043940, Email: [email protected] or [email protected] Also in common with all of these scams, a fake travel agency, based supposedly in Dubai, is involved.  Highwavetravels, is represented by Usman Issah, Head of Visa Permit Operations.

With a salary offer of AED 35,500 per month, our potential victim was suspicious enough to request the person in charge to arrange a Zoom or Skype interview, but was informed that there was no need until she arrived in Abu Dhabi to take up the job. The cost of the employment visa that our teacher would need to pay in order to be able to travel to her new position was US$ 1,499. 

Our potential victim has provided copies of all documents and emails to WhichSchoolAdvisor.com. and, we, in turn, have forwarded them to our friends at Stop419scams.com. The school website (together with that of the fake travel agency) was removed within 24 hours by its host , but the scammers will almost certainly find another host and return.  Do not get caught!

The second scam of May 2021 is for Australian Modern School. This is supposedly located in Mohammed bin Zayed City,  Abu Dhabi. The contact number of the recruiter (STEVE ZAIN HASSAN) is given as +971 52 862 6947.  Please note that all numbers starting with 971 5 are mobile numbers and should immediately evoke suspicion! The email address is [email protected] or [email protected]  

As usual, the salary and benefit offer from Australian Modern School is well beyond the norm with a monthly offer of AED 18,500 plus a weekly allowance of AED 2,000.  Payment for the employment visa is to a scam travel agency - City Trans Travel and Tourism LLC-UAE. 

This time, the scammers have set up a fake school web address - www.ams-abudhabi.com - however, this is used solely as an address for emails with no content. In so organising, it is more difficult to close the site down. 

The first scam of May 2021 involves a newly launched fake school due to open in September 2021 - Victoria School Dubai - located in Al Ghusais supposedly. The website is a copy of  Northview International school in Qatar, where Sheldon Smith is Principal. The usual ruse applies with a fake website, the inevitable mobile contact number - this time +971 52 972 1171 - and an untraceable email address - [email protected] Visa processing is through NADAH TRAVELS & TOURISM DUBAI - Phone: +971 55 365 2213, e-mail: [email protected] or [email protected], Website: www.nadahtravels.com  Do not be caught out! The site has been up and running for at least three weeks as at today's date and we have received a contract copy provided by a suspicious teacher.

Following our first report of 2021, two months on and the scams continue. 

This one is aimed at teachers seeking a position in tertiary education, and although not usually our prime focus, we wanted to share the details of this latest attempt by crooks to take money from the teaching profession.

A further 2021 scam involves University of Jazeera.  The contact person named on the fake website is Luis Matías who can be reached on a UAE mobile number +971 52 802 6249. The email contact is [email protected]@uojac.info. The fake website is www.uojac.info/ae. As usual, the scam seeks to encourage candidates who are offered a dream package to organise their own and their families' visas through a travel agency. In this case, it is Abdulla Al Mazroui Travel & Tourism Agency and the contact person is a Tarik Akram, contact number +971 50 784 1582, and e-mail:[email protected] or [email protected]  The "company" website is www.abdulalmazrouitours.com.

Please do not fall into this trap. No genuine employment offer will be vastly overpaid and require visa applications to be made through a travel agency.

Given the difficulties being faced by many schools and teachers currently, ever more scams are coming to light - a trend that is sadly only likely to continue as these criminals take advantage of teachers faced with finding new jobs in the current climate.

The most recent schools to be affected by these scammers are Australian International School Dubai - a genuine school whose opening was postponed for 2020 - and Renaissance School Dubai.  We believe that the fake site for Australian International School has now been taken down by the hosting site following intervention by our expert contact at https://www.stop419scams.com/.  If you receive an offer that looks too good to be true, please do check this site before responding.

In late October, we reported on the scam involving GEMS Modern Academy and a "too good to be true" job offer for Gulf Model School in Dubai. 

Again, the fraudsters have copied the website of the genuine school - and by changing the name slightly - pluralising it to Gulf Model Schools - they have been able to create a fake website - cheekily calling it the Official Website.  Visa payments - the money-making aspect of these scams are to be made to the non-existent Wave Travel Agency in Abu Dhabi.

On September 28th, we informed readers about the scam involving one of Dubai's best known schools - GEMS Modern Academy. The scammers have gone back to the school's previous name GEMS Modern High School.  Although the fake site has currently been removed from the hosting site, this is the second time that the fake site has been set up and we fully expect it to appear again. Teachers who are offered a position at the fake school may confirm the veracity of any offer received by contacting HR officer Payal Sehgal at GEMS Modern Academy at the following email address - [email protected]

At the same time, a second fake website was found for the non-existent Danish International School Abu Dhabi. This website is a copy of the Amity International School Abu Dhabi website.  Any offers purporting to be issued by Danish International School Abu Dhabi can therefore be disregarded.

Earlier this month WhichSchoolAdvisor.com was alerted to a scam involving the California American School Abu Dhabi. The format is the same as those mentioned below. The scammers appear to be making more and more use of job-seeker websites as a source of teachers seeking new positions. Again, salary offers are over-inflated and no formal interview takes place.

On the 8th September we were alerted to a scam using the very real Dubai-based school - The City School International. The modus operandi remains the same - a fake mirror website with the address https://thecityschools-sch.com/ae/.  The genuine website is http://thecityschool.sch.ae/. WhichSchoolAdvisor.com informed The City School International and requested a contact at the school with whom any teachers receiving an offer can confirm if it is genuine.  As yet, we have not heard back from the school. 

As usual, the teacher who informed us of this latest scam had received an unsolicited job offer, despite having had no interview for the position, on a salary package that was clearly over-inflated.  As usual also, in order to proceed with the process, she was required to transfer funds to a fake Dubai-based travel agency - in this case, Dasmal Travel and Tourism.  The contact was again a mobile number (starting with +97158). All UAE cell phone numbers begin with +9715.  If you receive a similar offer with an obviously inflated salary and conditions and no personal interview this, will be a scam.

In August we were tipped off to a scam involving the Belvedere British School in Abu Dhabi.  This is a genuine school whose own website has been recreated - the school's website is https://belvederebritishschool.ae; the fake website is http://belvederebritishschooluae.com.  Should you wish to check the veracity of an offer from Belvedere British School, Mrs. Rasha, HR Manager can be contacted at [email protected] 

UAE schools do not generally use the domain uae.com, but rather ae.com. The fake website also contains a mobile phone number to contact.  Please note that mobile numbers in the UAE all start with +971 50, 52, 55 or 56. 


Belvedere British School fake website

We strongly advise that if you are approached with a job offer for which you did not apply directly, or which appears to be unusually well paid, and where there is a requirement to pay visa costs up front (generally through a travel agency), that you treat this as suspicious.

Al Basma British School is a genuine school in Abu Dhabi. However, the fraudsters set up a mirror website - www.albasmabritishschool.com (not ae as is generally the case for UAE schools - and are using fake email addresses to attract teachers to this scam. The Principal of Al Basma British School has requested that anyone has received offers for the school may contact the school's HR Manager [email protected] if they want to verify an offer or want further information.
She further advises that applicants should only apply in response to TES adverts and only by accessing and logging into the official TES website, not by being redirected from any other site or by applying directly to an email address or in response to an advert posted on any other website.

If you are concerned that a job offer may not be genuine, we advise you to check the following community website which has been established to advise of scam websites designed to defraud - https://www.stop419scams.com/.

The last reported scam on 24th June was for Abu Dhabi International School,  in Abu Dhabi whose website address is http://aisschools.com/.  The scam school website is www.abintlsschl.com. An email address using the same domain - [email protected] and a mobile phone number - +971586695013 - are also provided. 

Again, we would warn teachers to look out for the common signs - unsolicited offers without any form of interview, salaries that are beyond the usual norm, mobile telephone contact and the requirement to transfer funds for visa payment to a travel agency.

Update, 2nd June, WhichSchoolAdvisor continues to be informed by teachers that offers are being made by Etik International School and Ontario International Canadian School.  Since this genuine school closed in 2019, any website or contact from this organisation will be a scam.

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.

There is also a further university scam site which has recently appeared - University of Jazeera.  This is a copy of the original website which does not appear to be working.

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.


The fake Ittihad University webpage

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 were promoting themselves, contacting teachers and informing them that they have been selected for a position. WhichSchoolAdvisor.com was contacted first about Etik International School Abu Dhabi

The Etik International School website was removed by the hosting service last week, only to have reappeared again on 20th March, having this time copied The City School's website. 

A day after publishing this article, two more teachers contacted us about Ontario International Canadian School in Dubai.  We then learned of a third school - Reinhold International School Abu Dhabi.  This scam school appears to be operated by the same team behind Etik International School, using the same copied images and content from the Etik website. 

We were then notified of two further schools - Al Madinah Private School, and Dubai British School.  The school bears the same name as the Dubai British School in Dubai, but again, the website is fake, copied from Al Farouk School. 

The salary offer for Etik International School was 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.


Download the PDF here.

The website itself has been put together through the use of images from at least one existing school. In fact, the 'authors' 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.  

In this case job applicants were 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 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 was, 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 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.com did not see 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. 


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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 [email protected] 

As of 18th March, the websites for both Reinhold International School and Etik International School had been taken down by the hosting company.

That left OICS and a further website for Al Madinah International School in operation which had cloned the imagery of the premium Swiss International Scientific School, in Dubai.

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