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.
MyTEFL operate out of Vancouver BC Canada, under the business identity: Footprints Language Education Ltd (Footprints Recruiting).
The long and short of it is that MyTEFL are 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 have 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.
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 material.
Now, unless the two CEO’s 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 therefore there being no legit accreditation organizations to be found.
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.
There is no accreditation body for Online TEFL courses. If an Online TEFL program claims accreditation, it means they have (as in this case with ottsa) either created the accreditation website themselves, or decided to pay a dodgy company an annual fee for “accreditation”.
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 whom MyTEFL.com have an affiliates agreement with:
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 choose 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 myself (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.
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 were 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 have 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 have 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: