Every year at this time, over 5 million university students start looking for an internship to kick-off their careers after graduation. Many scam operators realize that these students are the most gullible and naive people other than foreign immigrants. They therefore become targets of opportunity - prey for the fraud predators. Companies like GAC and Gi2c zero in on these unsuspecting kids with believable emails and even telephone calls even claiming to be partners of their university and when asked how their name and telephone number was obtained, are told "Your student union has been cooperating with us for almost 5 years, and we contact all the seniors".
Other targets are the unemployed of the UK, America, and Canada, and a hacker is employed to get the names of those under 35 years of age collecting unemployment benefits.
They are all lured to China internships with articles form legitimate publications like Forbes, Wall Street Journal, etc that highlight just how much China is booming, and "growing faster than a mushroom in a rain forest" The callers then feed the unsuspecting victims a pile of glorious video testimonial links of "satisfied customers" and "third party independent review" links which in reality are self-created propaganda links that heap praise upon their companies. Blogs are also used to indirectly "endorse" the scams.
One company in particular however, Gi2C based in Beijing was outed by over a dozen angry customers online back in 2014 as a sophisticated scam and the Russian owners had to scramble with hackers to delete, corrupt, and redirect the links, but they simply could not keep up with the complaints. Many of them are listed below.
So, they then decided to do what they have done twice before - simply change their identity and hustle the same scam with a new alias which they now call Lawoai Career Center. The previous names they used during the past 10 years include Getin2China, and Wiseway Global.
But the students who take the bait are kept so busy reading the propaganda links that Gi2C send them, that they are too damn busy to conduct their own due diligence and look on pages 2-15 of a google or yahoo search for "Gi2c, scam". And even though reddit.com is full of complaints and horror stories about these China bandits, they never get to see the red flag warnings like those posted above.
So another year will pass and another 800 - 1,500 young grads and unemployed will learn a very costly and embarrassing lesson. They will spend over $5,000 on 90 days in China and either come home broke, or end up teaching English in China to feed themselves. Less than 5% of the interns are actually offered jobs, and more than half of those offers are rejected for ridiculously low salaries, or remote job-site locations in Gansu, Helionjiang, or Jiangxi Provinces.
The good news however, is that REAL and genuine Fortune 500 and MNC internships are available for free to students willing to learn Chinese, and about 30% these internships transform into real six figure positions with famous companies like KPMG, HP, Reuters, Lenovo, etc. But, interns have to apply directly since these companies do not deal with third party brokers like Gi2c, nor GAC. These links can help you further to get a legitimate internship or job in China - the DIY route.
Finally, there are three golden rules to remember when seeking a job or internship in China...
1) If the party inviting you to China does not give you an invitation letter for a Z visa (work visa) BEFORE you arrive in China, they are a scam to be avoided.
2) Any company that asks you to pay ANY money up-front for a China job or internship is a scam to be avoided. It doesn't matter if they call it an application fee, processing fee, orplacement fee, or even if they tell you it is 100% refundable - it is a scam
3) Any company that refuses to give you a scan of their SAIC business license or SAFEA registration number is not authorized by the Chinese government to do any HR or placement work in China and is a fraud.
China is a virtual minefield of scams. To keep up with them all we suggest you visit these websites below before making any trip to China, or even sending a resume as the first link will explain why...