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[Scam] [Planned] Edison World School Abu Dhabi reviews

Postby mcooper » 17 May 2016, 09:45

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[edit]Edison World School was announced in 2011 as a planned school in Abu Dhabi, but no further official information provided as of Sep 2016. See posts below for information about the teaching job scam or hoax related to Edison School.[/edit]
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Edison World School

Postby Meinkrys » 31 Aug 2016, 00:27

What a scam! Avoid.

Received an offer to teach ESL - I never applied.

Offer was valid after I paid $2500USD for Visa fee, goat fee, fee fee, tax fee..Etc.

What a load of Horse Dump!
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Re: Edison World School Abu Dhabi teaching job

Postby shawarma » 07 Sep 2016, 02:02

Meinkrys wrote:Offer was valid after I paid $2500USD for Visa fee, goat fee, fee fee, tax fee..Etc.

Thanks for posting here and alerting other readers to the teaching job scam. It really stings to lose that money. I don't know any easy ways to get that money back. There have been many similar stories about other job scams in the UAE and I've not heard of any where someone got their money back.

TL;DR version of information below: The Edison World School in Abu Dhabi currently found online does not exist in real life, and is an example of a common scam where someone advertises teaching jobs at schools in the UAE which don't exist. The scam is that when an offer is made, money is requested to pay for visa processing fees. Never send money for visa fees to any employer or agency in the UAE. If an employer or agency asks for money, assume it is a scam, or the employer is unpleasant to work for if they really exist.

Longer version:

Edison World School was officially announced in 2011 as a school planned for Abu Dhabi but nothing further developed. It appears that someone or someones have either read that announcement and used that name for a scam, or set up a scam which coincidentally has the same name as the proposed school. It seems unlikely that the organisation which made the original announcement is involved in the teaching job scam.

www.edisonworldsch.com is what appears to be the official school website, however it is copied from the Repton School Abu Dhabi website (Repton is a real school), with Repton School replaced by Edison School or Edison World School, and some other adjustments for address, location, staff names etc. The fake EWS website even has photos of Repton School in Derbyshire, relabeled as photos of EWS.

The Find and Replace modification of the Repton School website has a few odd results. For example, Foremarke Hall serves as the preparatory school for both EWS and Repton in Derbyshire, UK ...

Repton Abu Dhabi website wrote:For those families relocating back to the UK, or considering UK Boarding for their child, both Repton and Foremarke Hall (Repton's preparatory school) offers a continuity of curriculum and culture.


EWS website wrote:For those families relocating back to the UK, or considering UK Boarding for their child, both Edison World School and Foremarke Hall (Edison World School's preparatory school) offers a continuity of curriculum and culture.


The headteacher of EWS according to their website is Ms Bianca Anna Gabriel (or Ana). Whoever she is (independent confirmation not found), the photo on the website is of a different person, Ms Tammie McKenzie, who is principal (previously assistant principal) of Carroll High School, part of the Carroll Community School District in the city of Carroll in Iowa, USA. She is still there as far as I can tell (according to her website, her LinkedIn page, and the school website), and probably doesn't know about her doppelganger in Abu Dhabi.

http://www.dubaifaqs.com/jobs-in-dubai.php
http://www.dubaifaqs.com/teaching-jobs-in-dubai.php
http://www.dubaifaqs.com/repton-school-abu-dhabi.php
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Re: Edison World School Abu Dhabi teaching job

Postby shawarma » 11 Oct 2016, 18:35

There are three (or more) Edison World School domains.

www.edisonworldschool.com is currently used for the school website. Whois data shows it was first registered 10 Sep 2016.

www.edisonworldsch.com was previously used for the school website but is now just spam, possibly still used for emails. Don't visit, it loads another noisy spam website. Whois data shows it was first registered 21 Aug 2016.

Repton School Abu Dhabi website has a popup warning (they don't name the fake school though).

Repton Abu Dhabi website wrote:It has come to our attention there is a fake organisation sending offer letters to prospective employees with the Repton Abu Dhabi branding. We would like to inform you that Repton Abu Dhabi is in no way affiliated with this organisation.

Repton Abu Dhabi would never ask a candidate for a fee for a position at the school. Please be vigilant when receiving offer letters from third party organisations.


www.ewsabudhabi.com (website content no longer available directly) was used for EWS but website was copied from the Mayoor Indian School in Abu Dhabi (a real school), with a Find and Replace done on the Mayoor school name. Whois data shows it was first registered on 14 May 2016 which seems to be an anomaly given that Google has a record of the website saved before that date, for example 13 Nov 2015 for the page www.ewsabudhabi.com/chairmg.html. Possible explanation is that Google took the date from the page rather than actually retrieving the page on that date, since the page www.mayoorschoolabudhabi.com/message.html (which EWS copied) also has the date 13 Nov 2015 recorded by Google.

Principal or Headteacher's name given on website as Yogita Anna.

Example of fake school website content vs Mayoor School website:

www.mayoorschoolabudhabi.com/message.html wrote:Dear Parents,

Welcome to Mayoor Private School LLC in Abu Dhabi. This school has been set up in collaboration with the 138 year old Mayo College General Council(MCGC, India) which has a long standing tradition of excellence occupied with a caring, stimulating and open ethos.


www.ewsabudhabi.com/chairmg.html wrote:Dear Parents,

Welcome to Edison World School Abu Dhabi. This school has been set up in collaboration with the 138 year old Mayo College General Council(MCGC, India) which has a long standing tradition of excellence occupied with a caring, stimulating and open ethos.


http://www.dubaifaqs.com/mayoor-private-school-abu-dhabi.php
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