TEFL Scams

The 5 Best Online TEFL & TESOL certification courses in 2023 & 2024 - trustedteflreviews.com

TEFL Scams and how to avoid them.

TEFL scams are, unfortunately, on the rise.

To prevent you from becoming a victim of a TEFL scam, we recommend that you:

A. Choose a Fully Accredited TEFL/TESOL certification course provider.

B. Find out which TEFL programs are currently on the Scam Watch.

A. You can see which companies are Fully Accredited and internationally recognized by looking through the program listings in the TEFL Course Directory:


The top-rated schools in the directory are top-rated for a legitimate reason.

B. You can find out which companies are currently on the Scam Watch by taking a look at the TEFL Course Scams category:



TEFL Scams

The Cambridge Dictionary defines a scam as, ‘an illegal plan for making money, especially one that involves tricking people.’

Thankfully, scams are not as prevalent in the TEFL industry as you might initially think. There are, however, always a few bad apples in the basket and certain behavior that might not technically come under the umbrella definition of what a scam is can definitely be viewed as partaking in shady practices.

All published reviews on trustedteflreviews.com are verified so that you can make an informed choice as to which online TEFL course you feel best suits your teacher training needs.

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.

The most common scam is the accreditation scam – when a TEFL/TESOL/TESL course provider falsely tries to convince the world that they are a legitimate, accredited school.

The second most common scam is the affiliate marketing scam – when a third-party website owner, working for a TEFL program on a commission basis, hypes up a TEFL program and trashes their competitor(s).

Trusted TEFL Reviews recently added a ‘6 TEFL Red Flags | How To Spot Them’ article:


In this article, we cover the most common methods of deceit that a minority of TEFL course programs have applied themselves vigorously.

With so many Online TEFL and TESOL certification courses to choose from, there will likely be some of you who are reading this who are feeling completely overwhelmed by the sheer number of programs to choose from – wondering which ones are legit and which ones are scams or less reputable.

If in doubt, refer to the TEFL Course Directory for guidance:


The best-rated schools in the directory are top-rated for a legitimate reason.

Happy TEFLing!

Mia Williams | Trusted TEFL Reviews | https://trustedteflreviews.com/

TEFL Online Pro Special TESOL Course Offers on Trusted TEFL Reviews

New! Click here for the online TEFL/TESOL international certification course Teachers’ Choice Award winner. International Online TEFL/TESOL course certification at its best.

Verified Online TEFL/TESOL certification course program reviews, ranked in order of customer satisfaction: TEFL Course Directory

TEFL Accreditation Guide | 6 TEFL Red Flags | TTR Home | TEFL Course Special Offers