ESLinsider reviews scam?
trustedteflreviews.com currently doesn’t have any reviews for the ESLinsider Online TEFL/TESOL certification course program.
On July 29, 2020, Trusted TEFL Reviews added a blacklisted warning to the ESLinsider Online TEFL/TESOL (TEKA) certification program and its owner, Ian Leahy. The reason for this is explained in the following two articles:
It was recently brought to our attention (through a credible third-party source) that the reason for this absence of reviews is because this is possibly a fake TEFL program, run by a fraudulent individual.
This is the reason for this ESLinsider reviews scam notice.
ESLinsider is run by a guy who goes by the identity, ‘Ian Leahy’. He appears to spend a lot of his free time publishing defamatory material and conspiracy theories on his school blog. Incredibly, these posts are all about other Online TEFL programs; i.e. his business competition.
This in itself should be a red flag for anyone considering whether to pay money to him.
We also feel that it is very strange that the only reviews of ESLinsider.com are on ESLinsider.com, and (with the exception of one, 4-star review) they all appear to be 5-star ratings.
ESLinsider also doesn’t appear to have any social media footprint to speak of at all.
Ian Leahy likes to painstakingly point out that he has reviews on his YouTube channel – something that he, of course, has control over.
We also noticed a batch of recently written (June, 2020) Quora posts about Ian’s course: five reviews and all written within a couple of days of each other.
We checked and all of the posts were written by people who joined Quora just to write their review. And the language structure in all five reviews is remarkably similar.
Prior to this sudden burst of enthusiasm from his (real?) course graduates, no-one had written any feedback of Ian’s courses on Quora since he first began advertising his program.
We just wonder how Ian Leahy can’t see that people can spot those fake Quora reviews from a mile off.
Here is one of those Quora posts which Ian has successfully managed to market online for himself:
In recent weeks, we also noticed that Ian Leahy has been spreading garbage online about trustedteflreviews.com, and spreading garbage online about the top 5 TEFL/TESOL courses listed on Trusted TEFL Reviews. We, therefore, did a bit of digging into this individual and the course he is peddling – marketing himself with a painted blue face while he does so – and the red flags just kept popping up.
It is the professional opinion of our credible source that this ‘Ian Leahy’ is probably an English teacher, living in Fukuoka, Japan, who created a website and who tries to drum up business for his unrecognized courses by attacking the big TEFL/TESOL course players with outright lies – hoping to catch some crumbs of business by doing so. It is also the professional opinion of our credible source that the reviews which he lists on his website are probably fake.
We advise proceeding with extreme caution when dealing with this individual.
If you do find yourself being convinced to take his TEFL course (if it exists at all) then ask the owner for examples of reviews that are not listed exclusively on his website, or on his YouTube channel, or on Quora. We advise asking Ian for reviews written on third-party review websites, where he has no control over the content of those reviews.
In the meantime, Ian’s program will remain on trustedteflreviews.com – acting as a public service warning.
His introductory, zero-review rating does mean he will need to begin (alphabetically) at the bottom of the Trusted TEFL Reviews ranking table and then work his way up, once we begin receiving verified customer reviews, written by real people.
We welcome any comments from Ian Leahy, and we welcome any student reviews of his program so that we can actually hear from anyone who might have taken his Online TEFL course.
Ian has been contacted and invited to add his response to this post.
If it transpires that our information is wrong, we will delete this ESLinsider reviews scam warning.
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