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    is it normal to send your passport details

    Hi guys - sorry i am totally new to all this - just completed my tefl qualification and hoping to spend the summer in china teaching - been contacted by a chinese school and they want me to send them details of my passport and also my qualifications - is this normal - please help ?

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    Re: is it normal to send your passport details

    I guess they just want to check you out. Seems fair to me to ask for copies of ID and quals - especially if they've never met you
    Excuse me for not taking this seriously .....

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    Re: is it normal to send your passport details

    yesbut i was just a bit worried about my passport details being used for the worng reasons if you get my drift

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    Re: is it normal to send your passport details

    Yes but you seem to be keen on working for these people ...... have you met or spoke to anyone at their end?

    If they are legit they probably are going to need your details ..... no?

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    Re: is it normal to send your passport details

    Normal procedure.

    yesbut i was just a bit worried about my passport details being used for the worng reasons if you get my drift
    What drift? Making phoney passport copies?

    All standard.

    Now if they want your bank account number and password, that's a different story.

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    Re: is it normal to send your passport details

    Quote Originally Posted by juicylady
    yesbut i was just a bit worried about my passport details being used for the worng reasons if you get my drift
    If they just want copies of the details page, then that isn't a problem - standard routine. On the other hand, if they want you to send them your passport, well, then you got a problem. FYI, never give them your passport (unless they just want to make a quick copy of your details while you are physically present, of course)- as you should know (I am stating this since you are new).
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    Re: is it normal to send your passport details

    Not a problem. But what I would do is cover one of the digits of the passport number. Do it with a graphic editing program. Better be safe than sorry. Last thing you want is some Chinese lady with your name flying around all over the place.

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    Re: is it normal to send your passport details

    If I were a recruiter, I would be very suspicious of any prospective employees that were "unwilling" to at the very least send me a copy of their passport details and copies of relevant qualifications.

    I think I'd just find somebody who was less hassle!

    I'm basing this on my belief that they haven't even met you yet - if you have interviewed and formally agreed to their contract then they should be able to wait until you arrive. If the only contact you have had is across cyberspace or on the phone then I think an employer has a perfectly legitimate right to find out about the person they are hiring!

    Quote Originally Posted by sniperteam6
    Last thing you want is some Chinese lady with your name flying around all over the place.
    Why? What is she likely to do? Perhaps, you could provide some (at the very least anecdotal) evidence that this is anything to be feared. Real world stories only please.
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    Who even mentioned a Chinese lady? Perhaps you've had a bad time with employers in the past sniper.
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    Re: is it normal to send your passport details

    Quote Originally Posted by sniperteam6
    Not a problem. But what I would do is cover one of the digits of the passport number. Do it with a graphic editing program. Better be safe than sorry. Last thing you want is some Chinese lady with your name flying around all over the place.

    There are a million less traceable ways of getting someone's passport number than this.

    And it's not like it's a credit card number.


    What a daft comment.

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    Re: is it normal to send your passport details

    So no one is worried about theft identity? Evidence that this is happening? Two words... GOOGLE IT.

    I choose to live in a realistic world, not in a Mary Poppins world.

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    Re: is it normal to send your passport details

    mate depends on the country - i know for a fact if you workign in indo - they need photocopies of your entire passport to get you the correct visa before you arrive - you cannot cover the numbers.

    sounds normal to me.

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    Re: is it normal to send your passport details

    Quote Originally Posted by juicylady
    yesbut i was just a bit worried about my passport details being used for the worng reasons if you get my drift
    passport details for the wrong reason. no i dont get your drift.

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    Re: is it normal to send your passport details

    I guess I need to make myself more clear. In the application process, where your CV is reviewed, etc... photoshop the passport and parts of the degrees..

    In the visa application process, of course you should send the full contents of paperwork needed.

    Still taking chances, but less so than during a cv review process. Most employers would understand the skepticism if you had to explain the discrepancies between the two.

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    Re: is it normal to send your passport details

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrille
    There are a million less traceable ways of getting someone's passport number than this.

    And it's not like it's a credit card number.


    What a daft comment.
    And that's just one. When exactly was that when email addresses became traceable?

    Now I'm not surprised any more that identity theft is so common. Who in his/her right mind would give passport details to somebody with just an email address.

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    Re: is it normal to send your passport details

    I would be careful to give out private information unless the ink is dry on the contract or pretty darn close. Maybe you could contact your bank or local law enforcement and inquire about what's Kosher to share.
    No use taking any chances these days, identity theft is something to be very concerned about.

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