The MyTEFL.com Scam. MyTEFL is an unaccredited Online TEFL/TESOL course provider, known for taking advantage of its graduates by charging exorbitant fees for job placement services – job placement services that are often changed last minute, with teachers finding themselves placed in accommodation and schools that offer far less quality and teacher satisfaction than what was originally promised to them. MyTEFL is also famous for scamming its job placement students, by withholding a large chunk of their teaching salaries and keeping them indefinitely in the MyTEFL company bank account.
The MyTEFL.com scam.
MyTEFL is not a legitimate online TEFL/TESOL certification company | MyTEFL is not a fully accredited online TEFL/TESOL certification courses program.
Trusted TEFL Reviews recommends avoiding MyTEFL.
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The main reasons for this Buyer Beware Warning:
- MyTEFL claims to be accredited by OTTSA and ITEFLAC. OTTSA was created by a former building manager from the UK, with direct ties to MyTEFL. ITEFLAC is clearly a fake accreditation website.
- This program has attempted, on a number of occasions, to get reviews written by their staff employees published on Trusted TEFL Reviews. Trusted TEFL Reviews only publishes verified Online TEFL/TESOL customer reviews – we don’t publish fictitious reviews, self-written by Online TEFL/TESOL programs.
- Customers complain, on a regular basis, about the job placement services offered by MyTEFL. If you decide to pay for job placement services offered through MyTEFL and Footprints Recruiting (their sister company) you will almost certainly find yourself being given alternative travel arrangements last minute – finding yourself living in different accommodation that was originally agreed upon, and teaching many more hours than was previously agreed. MyTEFL don’t only make money from the work they do to help you find a teaching job overseas. They also make money from you by creaming off up to 40% of your monthly salary and keeping a hold of those amounts indefinitely.
- A common complaint made by verified customers of this program, is that they have easily completed the whole “120-Hour” course within one day, and have further complained that they learned very little during the course.
- MyTEFL has been running a 30% Off courses discount, continuously, for the past year. Their ‘limited time’ discount is not limited-time at all.
Instead, we recommend choosing to take your international TEFL/TESOL certification course with a program offering a fully accredited course equivalent to MyTEFL.
The four highest-rated MyTEFL fully accredited alternative course options, listed in order of customer review ratings:
- TEFL Online Pro – https://teflonlinepro.com/
- OISE Toronto TEFL – https://teflonline.teachaway.com/
- CIEE TEFL – https://www.ciee.org/
- Maximo Nivel TEFL – https://maximonivel.com/
CIEE TEFL, Maximo Nivel, OISE Toronto TEFL, and TEFL Online Pro are Level 5 and CELTA-equivalent Online TEFL/TESOL certification programs. MyTEFL claims to be CELTA equivalent, but it is not.
- TEFL Online Pro verified customer reviews: https://trustedteflreviews.com/category/tefl-online-pro-teachers-choice-award-winner-2020/
- OISE Toronto TEFL verified customer reviews: https://trustedteflreviews.com/category/oise-university-of-toronto-tefl/
- CIEE TEFL verified customer reviews: https://trustedteflreviews.com/category/ciee-tefl/
- Maximo Nivel verified customer reviews: https://trustedteflreviews.com/category/maximo-nivel-tefl/
CIEE TEFL, Maximo Nivel, OISE Toronto TEFL, and TEFL Online Pro certificates are Fully Accredited and internationally recognized. MyTEFL certificates are not fully accredited and are not internationally recognized.
TEFL Online Pro won the Teachers’ Choice Award in 2019 and 2020:
CIEE TEFL, OISE Toronto TEFL, and TEFL Online Pro have been shortlisted for this year’s (2021) Teachers’ Choice Award:
All 46 Online TEFL/TESOL certification course programs currently listed on Trusted TEFL Reviews, ranked in order of customer satisfaction: https://trustedteflreviews.com/tefl-course-directory/
The MyTEFL.com scam.
There are three levels of accreditation: Unaccredited / Accredited / Fully Accredited.
‘Fully Accredited‘ status is the highest level of accreditation.
MyTEFL is an ‘Accredited’ Online TEFL/TESOL certification program.
This means that the MyTEFL certificate is regionally recognized but not necessarily internationally recognized.
Read more about the different levels of accreditation:
We don’t like having to do this, but our hand has now been forced to do so.
In a previous scam article, we wrote about being defamed online.
It was pretty clear to us that the intention behind the abuse is to try and undermine the credibility of trustedteflreviews.com. And we wrote that we would try and work out who could possibly be behind these unfounded and completely false allegations.
We now have rock-solid evidence that the defamation is being orchestrated by MyTEFL.com.
This is one example of The MyTEFL.com Scam.
MyTEFL operates out of Vancouver BC Canada, under the business identity: Footprints Language Education Ltd (Footprints Recruiting).
The long and short of it is that MyTEFL is clearly unhappy with some of their verified customer reviews published on trustedteflreviews.com. MyTEFL contacted us towards the end of last year, to ask if we could delete the negative reviews. When we explained to them that we wouldn’t be deleting these reviews, they responded with online defamation.
In the past few days, MyTEFL has openly written in an email that they will look into possibly deleting the defaming content if we can look into possibly deleting the reviews – thus adding blackmail into the equation too.
As a result of MyTEFL choosing to go down the blackmail and defamation route, we have no choice other than to respond by exposing this company’s fraudulent activities. All this information will be added below this written notice in due course.
Therefore, please watch this space for further updates over the coming days.
Mia Williams – Trusted TEFL Reviews
At the beginning of this week, Trusted TEFL Reviews reached out to MyTEFL.com, to politely request that if they were to take down the defamatory materials that they had published online about trustedteflreviews.com, and refrain from bullying tactics – thus demonstrating a level of professionalism from their end – we would be happy to delete this post and then everyone could just move on without any drama.
Their response was to threaten us with further online attacks.
This is another example of The MyTEFL.com Scam
And so again, our hand has been forced and we are now proceeding with what our team’s research unearthed regarding MyTEFL.com and Footprints Recruiting – operating under different company aliases, but for all purposes the same company – headed by the same management.
To make this light and breezy, we will try to reduce text and try to rely on the photographic/screenshot evidence…
Warning 1: “Tyler K”
If you have ever communicated with MyTEFL.com there is a high probability that you communicated directly, or indirectly with the so-called owner of the company: “Tyler K”.
Here are three mugshots of “Tyler K”:
The case in question centered on the almost non-existent vetting procedures of certain recruitment agencies. The above screenshot was taken just as the TV Presenter candidly probed the scraggy tie Ben, whether it was his agency who sent the teacher (“Mr. Swirly Face“) over to South Korea. Here, in his ‘Prince Andrew’ moment, Ben allegedly lies, as our records show that Footprints Recruiting (also operating under ‘Korea Connections’ at the time) did in fact place him directly as a teacher to the Kwangju Foreign School, South Korea.
And the telling of black lie, porky pies continue. At that time, he had no children. Yes, he did/does work on ESL101, but if you go to the site and take a closer look, you can see that he contributes on a minimal basis. It’s basically just his name on the site and a group of unpaid interns contributing the bulk of the material.
Now, unless the two CEOs at Footprints Recruiting are identical twins, Ben and Tyler are spitting image doppelgangers. The 5 o’clock shadow, the ‘V’ hairline. Perhaps that’s why Ben was wearing shades in this promotional article? But why wouldn’t he want to be identified?
Conclusion: Ben Glickman is operating MyTEFL.com under the alias, “Tyler K”. If someone is willing to lie about their name, what else are they willing to lie about?
Warning 2: Accreditation
MyTEFL.com (and a certain member of their “group”) are very proud of their accreditation status, despite the online TEFL industry being unregulated and there being no one international accreditation organization for online TEFL/TESOL certification courses.
There are a few legitimate Fully Accredited and internationally recognized Online TEFL/TESOL certification course providers though, and these can be viewed in the Courses Directory.
I imagine that for anyone skimming the MyTEFL.com website, this seemingly valid endorsement from an external body could be the motivating reason for purchasing a MyTEFL.com course. At first glance, it certainly looks very professional.
Unfortunately, it is an outright scam.
ottsa “Accrediting Professionals” claims to accredit MyTEFL and ITTT TEFL and doesn’t respond to inquiries about accreditation from literally anyone interested in accrediting their program through this “accreditation board”. I personally don’t care about accreditation, however, if someone is lying about it for financial gain then I know that a lot of people care.
If you take a look at ottsa’s list of “Accredited Courses” over at http://www.ottsa.org/accredited_courses.php and if you conduct a deep search, you will soon realize that the only two online TEFL courses that really care about this “accreditation” are MyTEFL and ITTT TEFL. And it’s designed to be that way. All they have done, which is quite clever, is to add some other very similarly designed TEFL courses on the list of “Accredited courses” and you can see that by the website designs that they were made by the same people. A couple of the courses on that list claim to offer 120-Hour online TEFL certification courses for over 1,000 USD – apart from this obvious red herring claim, when we tried to contact these fake TEFL schools we actually couldn’t find a contact for them.
Trusted TEFL Reviews recently wrote an article about accreditation, and our next Online TEFL Course Scams article will focus on the various “accreditation” companies – touted by some of the main Online TEFL course schools – and we will be unearthing the ones that are fake, together with the Online TEFL Programs that have paid (fake and deceiving) accreditation logos listed on their school websites.
Please read the Warning! The ottsa Accrediting professionals scam post for the latest update.
Warning 3: Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing has become popular during the past decade, and when conducted ethically, it can help both the consumer and the business.
However, our attention was recently brought to the attention of a MyTEFL.com review on trustedteflreviews.com where the reviewer warned others not to trust the motivation behind MyTEFL’s affiliate “TEFL soldiers” out on the global field: https://trustedteflreviews.com/2019/12/28/dont-believe-the-mytefl-travel-blogs/
Trusted TEFL Reviews decided to look further into this and discovered the company with whom MyTEFL.com have an affiliates agreement:
Ah, there’s “Tyler K” again 🙂
If you Google, ‘MyTEFL Reviews’ or, ‘MyTEFL Blog’ then you are certain to land upon seemingly innocent blogs, whereby the blog owners and writers praise MyTEFL.com to the high heavens and tell you TEFL mantras such as, “Go for it!”, “It changed my life!”.
The issue here is that it cannot be certain that these bloggers even took the MyTEFL.com course. And if they did, they could never be the source of impartial, unbiased feedback because for each and every one of you who uses one of their promo codes – always shown in a predominant section of the website/blog – the owner of the website/blog receives a commission for the sale in return.
So, in this case, we completely agree with the comments made by Alex when she writes, ‘Do not believe the MyTEFL travel blogs’.
One other amazing example is the current trend for MyTEFL affiliates to create mirror image “The Best 5 Online TEFL Courses” websites. MyTEFL and their “group” always feature at the top. And of course, the website is jam-packed with affiliate links – with people low on funds writing such rubbish as either never have taken any courses on the list, or who have taken one and then seen a way to further their world travels by earning money through the MyTEFL affiliates program. #misleading.
Warning 4: Fake Reviews
In our previous Online TEFL Course Reviews Scams article, we noted that MyTEFL.com contacted us at trustedteflreviews.com towards the end of last year – at the time, politely requesting whether we could delete negative, verified customer reviews of their Online TEFL program. We declined and the online defamation began.
Unfortunately, I don’t have copies of those emails because at the time I assumed I was dealing with a professional TEFL course owner.
In the past weeks, however, we received strongly-worded threats to delete verified customer negative reviews – reviews that MyTEFL.com now conveniently chooses to label as being “fake”.
A verified customer review on trustedteflreviews.com may be negative, but it definitely isn’t fake – especially when a course certificate of TEFL completion is used as proof of course attendance.
The following are snippets of a recent conversation between Ben Glickman (AKA “Tyler K”) and forwarded to me (Mia Williams) through an anonymous third party. I won’t be adding any additional text to the email screenshots as I feel they speak for themselves, and you are free to make up your own minds as to the hidden and not so hidden context and meaning of this recently recorded online conversation.
It must also be noted here that MyTEFL.com has created a hastily put-together blackmail attack (WordPress.org) website, with the sole purpose of manipulating “facts” and in the hope of inflicting maximum damage to their greatest competitors through false, defamatory online content.
Warning 5: The “Group”
In our recent communication with Ben Glickman, he openly threatened that he would reach out and have the “group” attack us further online.
Now, he might delete or edit the information online after reading this, as he has tried to do so all week prior to reading this, regarding other materials online, but we took a look at the Footprints Recruiting recommended (other) TEFL courses, and you can see the logos of ITTT TEFL (which is their ‘Top Pick” given they share the same made-up accreditation) i-to-i TEFL, and International TEFL Academy.
Please note here that this blog post is not intended to criticize the latter three. However, if we receive similar online defamation we will act accordingly like we have done so here with the MyTEFL.com scam warning post.
Warning 6: Trashing the competition
At first, we wondered whether we were the only ones to have been attacked online by Ben Glickman’s stumpy keyboard fingers and unethical business brain. But, we are not.
We actually discovered many examples of attempts to trash respectable online TEFL companies that share a more positive image online – companies that provide excellent customer services and excellent customer care.
And here they are writing sly, under-the-table falsehoods about one of their competitors, Teach Away:
Ben Glickman also decided to attack other online TEFL schools recently.
This is always a red flag and reinforces the growing evidence of The MyTEFL.com Scam.
One of the programs he attacked online, through a proxy website that looks very similar to the type of website he usually gets his (unpaid) interns or (paid) affiliates to create was a direct attack on tefl online pro.
Now, I can sort of fathom why he would feel a bizarre urge to attack trustedteflreviews.com, but why attack tefl online pro?
Ah. Of course! tefl online pro was voted the Teachers’ Choice Award Winner, 2019. Ben obviously feels that MyTEFL.com should have received the award.
Well, Ben. I know that you and your cronies will be reading this, so here are a few words of wisdom for you.
Here is our official statement, and we really hope that you can begin focusing on your business products and services, instead of acting like a 2-bit hustler semi-gangster from years gone past:
trustedteflreviews.com is an unbiased online TEFL course reviews website.
We are not affiliated, in any way, with any of the online TEFL programs that we list on our site.
If an online TEFL school receives more positive reviews than negative reviews, it means they are doing something right. If an online TEFL school receives more negative reviews than positive reviews, it means they are doing something wrong and they should focus on improving their product and services.
Thank you, all of you who have taken the time to read this. And as a final note, we thought it only fair to hear from a few not so satisfied people who have had dealings with MyTEFL.com/Footprints Recruitment over the relatively few years that both companies have been operating Online TEFL courses and recruitment placements, as our research has concluded that around 95% of the MyTEFL reviews online have very likely been written by Ben’s affiliate spiderweb:
MyTEFL and Footprints Recruiting has now been blacklisted from Trusted TEFL Reviews. What this means, is that their listings will remain on trustedteflreviews.com – we will publish both positive and negative (customer verified) reviews of their program, and we will also – in the coming weeks – make it clear to everyone visiting trustedteflreviews.com that MyTEFL and Footprints Recruiting has broken the website code of professional conduct, with a direct notice provided with their listings. If the situation changes and MyTEFL and Footprints Recruiting start treating their customers and their competition with professional respect, then we will definitely reconsider taking this notice down.
There are some excellent Online TEFL certification Programs listed on trustedteflreviews.com that go out of their way to provide excellent training and job hunting support.
We are not going to stand for a few bad apples to ruin it for everyone. And, neither should you.
We welcome any comments in the reply section below.
If and when we are notified of shady practices or even outright scams, we will post details of them in the Online TEFL Course Scams section of this website.
Written by Mia Williams for Trusted TEFL Reviews.
WARNING! We strongly recommend that readers are made fully aware of MyTEFL’s violation of the international TEFL/TESOL Code of Professional Conduct, and examples of further The MyTEFL.com Scam: