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New Destination Education Corporation- anyone heard of?

 
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David Bowles



Joined: 30 Jan 2003
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2003 12:26 pm    Post subject: New Destination Education Corporation- anyone heard of? Reply with quote

Has anyone heard of the New Destination Education Corporation? They're advertising on university websites in the UK,
offering paid airfare, food, accommodation and 150 for 3 weeks' teaching and 1 week trip to Beijing (!).
Sounds too good to be true, but maybe they've got govt. funding...
Their information also says 'it may be necessary' to collect a 50 deposit on acceptance, and 100 on receipt of air tickets. Is this a normal thing?
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Stephen Jones



Joined: 21 Feb 2003
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2003 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

give us the link to the advert so we can check out the website. I suspect a scam but who knows
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David Bowles



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2003 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The website is...
http://www.ndstar.com/
It's a bit touch and go as to whether it works, but it does today.
The 'jobs' bit, I've just discovered, is to the bottom left of the main page. Any expert scrutiny would be much appreciated!
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scot47



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2003 6:01 pm    Post subject: scam ! Reply with quote

My gut feeling is that this is a SCAM ! The economics just do not add up.
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Stephen Jones



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2003 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It deserves boycotting because of a really vile web page.

The site is hosted in Germany for some reason. It was first registered on Feb 17th 2003, which does make one wonder how it has been working for the claimed last eight years without a web page.

The details for the owner of the site are

egistrant-firstname: Minghui
registrant-lastname: Dai
registrant-organization: Greenwich Int'l Edu. Exchange Centre
registrant-street: Blenheim Drive
registrant-pcode: DA16 3LY
registrant-city: Welling
registrant-ccode: GB
registrant-phone: +44 20 88551541
registrant-email: gre168@yahoo.com

It is interesting to note that he is using another name for the company than the one that appears on the web site

It is interesting that the telephone number given for the London Head Office is different than that for the owner of the domain.

I would say you are probably dealing with a wannabe organization, It may or may not have contacts in China. My advice is to arrange to see the people personally.
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SueH



Joined: 01 Feb 2003
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2003 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, at least the address and post code details match up..
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