He agreed, and before we personally escorted him to the train station, we spent three hours interviewing David after he consumed four glasses of bai zhou (Chinese white wine), this is what we learned... Although these agent fraudsters know each other by face, they never tell each other their real names in case they get busted by the cops. When they cannot sign-up a client they will trade names with each other of the failed attempts so each can take a second shot at the target. They are fierce competitors as well. Apparently there are three major rings. According to David, one is based in Fujian which he says are focused on identity-theft, another is a Beijing based group, and his own group from Zhengzhou, from which he claims he split away from over a year ago and became an “independent agent”. So here are some of the questions we asked him:
We post this story here so you can understand WHY it is very risky business to use agents in China, and WHY we are asking the FEB, MoL, and MoE to establish a law to either ban agents or at least establish an on-line registry of the real legitimate agents with the photos that foreigners can check 24-7.
If you know of a shady agent who has been ripping people off, please send DETAILS and a photo (if available) to us at: abuse(at)ChinaForeignTeachersUnion.org