How I got SCAMMED out of $5,000 in China
SCAMMED out of 5000 in China

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I'm not trying to offend anyone or cause a negative influence on traveling or living in China but the reality is, this had a huge impact on my life. I've kept it a secret for over a year and a half now and I think it's a story that deserves to be told. My intention with this video is not to blame China, scams happen everywhere. But this particular type of scam is unfortunately pretty common in China and there are steps you can take to avoid making these mistakes. My goal with this video is to help inform people thinking about living in China, what not to do essentially. And if they do happen to fall victim, here's what you should do. Even though this happened, I did the best I could to look past it, as these people don't represent China, and I was able to see the good in the country. ✽ The cultural side of travel: SUBSCRIBE & CLICK the 🔔☞ ✽ Weekly behind-the-scenes videos, sneak peaks, early releases, Q&A’s and more! JOIN MY COMMUNITY ☞ 🎥 ALL MY FILMING AND EDITING GEAR ☞ Get $40 off AirBnB ☞ Best VPN for travel ☞ (Get 3 months free with a 12 month package!) Follow me: ✔INSTAGRAM: @wheres.poppy ✔TRAVEL BLOG: ✔FACEBOOK: 📧 BUSINESS INQUIRIES - —————————————————— DISCLAIMER: This description contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. This helps support the channel and allows me to continue to make videos like this. ❤ Thank you for the support! ❤


Ayla : Simple answer - never work on a tourist visa (in ANY country), but especially China. It’s the foreigner who will be blamed for flouting Chinese law. They have no obligation to pay you, when you shouldn’t be ‘working’ in the first place

NO pass : This video is a good warning about the 'highlight reel' nature of Youtube vlogging channels. Back at the time she was getting scammed and they were going broke, there's nothing but lovely, happy videos of them having a great time in China and swanning off to Malaysia care-free. The reality was they were eating nothing but cup noodles and hadn't been paid in 3 months, and they had student loans circling over their heads and were fast running out of options.

jim kuan : Come on. There are so many foreigners (many of them don't even speak good English) teaching English in China for over a decade now. So teaching English in China is such a crowded and low barrier field. If you think that someone will pamper you to such an extend to make you teach English is quite naïve. I am glad you did not lose everything. So always go with reputable and established and personally referenced schools.

byKaja : That's absolutely horrible that are people like that out there who take advantage of others ;/ so sad, I'm sorry that this happened to you!

Felix Niederhauser : Never work on a Tourist Visa, no matter which country. With a Tourist Visa YOU are a Tourist.Period. NB: Have been an Expat for more than 30 years, also in COMECON countries.

Mooncake : Hey Poppy, so sorry this happened to you I know it must feel awful. Sadly it is a common scam in China but I do agree, there are scammers in every country and it isn’t a reflection of China or the people here. You have a really positive attitude and it’s shown in your reflection here! Hopefully by sharing your video others will know what to look for and will be able to avoid it happening to them. Thank you for telling your story!

Travellight : I'm SO glad that you are making these videos! You overcame the situation so well and you should be proud of that. And everyone the second scam really is CRAZY so I can't wait for tomorrow's videos!

Yk Chan : To trust people: Judge by their action, not their words.

John O'Shaughnessy : Poppy, I’m so sorry to hear you had to put up with this. You have such a great, positive personality that shines through your videos - I hope you’ll be able to put this behind you. Hopefully most of humanity won’t let you down.

Seninus : No paycheck problem ..... 1:you worked illegally first (No government protection) ----> your own fault. 2: There's scams in U.S also(renting, jog hunting), and nobody is sad about this country or its culture. most of people know how to tell if they are scam while you can't. so it's a lesson.

Beach Guy : The first one was not a scam. It was about a business that went belly up and could not fulfill the debt obligation.

D.L. Steiner : Thank you for making this video. Without a doubt you have been traumatized and forever changed. I would like to request more videos concerning how to network for for good people and resources using social media. Might I point out point out the obvious, that it only takes a few bad apples to ruin things for everyone. My daily experience for 61 years has taught me there are far more good people in this world than bad. This is a universal truth. Good luck and keep traveling.

Ye Geng : sorry, 你在中国经历了这样的事我也觉得很羞耻,的确,中国有很多诈骗团伙,比如电信诈骗,工作诈骗,金融诈骗等等。但是我想第一个骗局不是真的骗局,是培训学校经营不善,没人投资,使得其倒闭,这样老板自己没钱支付员工工资,但最后老板自己借钱支付了一千多元,估计他自己也很难受,这也是极其不负责的表现,可能他也真的没有办法了。中国有很多地方都存在拖欠工资的情况,你刚好遇到了一个,但是这几年在国内政府打压下,这种情况越来越少,如果遇到拖欠农民工工资的情况,请先报警,一般都能得到解决。在中国工作希望你找正规合法的企业,只要他雇用你,那一定要签署劳动合同,没有劳动合同在中国是不合法的,你工作被骗的就是这种不合法的企业。另外,如果你在中国没有工作签证就去打工赚钱,这是非法的哦。再次对你在中国的遭遇感到不幸,吃一堑,长一智,希望你以后总是有好运相随。

Trinh Nguyen : Thanks soo much for sharing and I would love to hear about the second scam. I am planning to come to China in the very near future to teach English so this was very helpful to me. I have heard about these for years and am a bit scared but will not let that stop me. I guess it also depends on your luck as I heard many positive stories from honest schools and people too. It felt like your “school” was non existent and reminds me of this scam I once saw on TV. This one lady was tricked by scammers to give them $2000 US dollars saying that they will help her use it to get more money. They then took her to an old building that was closed and empty and told her to go and get her money. But they then drove away with all her money. It was so sad... I hope you will share the second scam story to inform us all so no one has to go through this again. I must say that when something sounds too good to be true, it most likely is. Also, I always knew you should secure your position before you arrive. I personally would not just blindly go over to any country without already having all of the paperwork done in advance. It is scary to be stuck in the middle of no where with no job and no money.

Di Xiao : scam happens everywhere. People got scammed mostly because they do not familiar with the local culture. I got scam calls every few days in US, but i know the fact that they are scam calls.

ElementEvil : This isn't just china. It could happen everywhere, anywhere.

K Y : So sorry to hear that,poppy,You should call the police,poppy,you don't even paid for the lawyers in China,police would do everything for you, especially you are a foreigner Dear friends if you ever had such scam cases or being scammed,don't hesitated,call the police

Gweilo mo lo : The first one was not truly a scam. It was a start up ESL business that was running lean and needed VCs/investors to continue operations. They had full intentions on paying you once they receive funding but obviously that deal fell through and shit hit the fan. It was sketch in how they asked you to start working without signed proper documents. I guess you learned from these experiences and the upside is that they make great stories lolol.

Weichen Xu : Feel sorry for you. The first one seems like it either Bonny was telling the truth or she is a really good actress with lots of experience with this kind of scamming. But the second one, I don't know the details, but what you showed us so far I only see a stupid guy using the fear for "Evil Communist Party" images that lots of foreigners have, to manipulate you and do what he wants to do with you. Let me tell you what I think, I watched lots of your videos since last year, if you are a spy of US, your are the worst one I can ever imagine. What you did is just go to mountains/streets/parks to show everyone what life is like in China, in a positive way. I would fire you if I'm your boss in CIA and tell you that you can ‘Fxxk off and be a good "Communist propagandist" as you want!' then kick you out of my office. I was born and raised in Beijing and I love it and proud of it, your video about Beijing is the reason why I found and subscribed your channel. Be brave, you got the support. The guy is making the threat that he can NEVER implement. This is the first time I made a comment under your video, but I will defend people like you by myself if I have to.

matt prior : Now you that why labor is cheap in China . Literally !! And how lucky you are ..... you didn't have any idea , ask any North Korean refugee female !

DaViD J : I'm sorry to hear about this unfortunate experience. The world is a big place with many good people, it's the small % that are scrupulous. ❤️ that you're staying positive and continue to say good things of China...speaks volume of the person you are...sending positive vibes from 🇨🇦

bluenightv : Don't work before you get a working visa.

Cristian Gonzalez : Damn Poppy I love how you always reveal the real.... thanks for opening my eyes I'm sorry it went sideways

MeiXIng Michael : dont worry about the nationalism from the netizen , we know you enjoyed the experience in China , but all in all hope this video could make impact on the people who have intention living or traveling in China

CHAO PENG : Hi Poppy, I suggest you to sign contract with the school directly. My girl friend is working in a primary school in Shenzhen. And she is now looking for English teachers for her school. It would be a long contract with good salary (Higher than you get from the agency)

vidstar7 : Probably the main thing that can be learned from this poor girl's traumatic experience is that you need to intimately Study the Country and also the culture you are going to! Know their minds and their styles implicitly. Know their laws. It's far too easy to travel these days! All you need is a mobile phone and a few apps. 20 years ago, you needed intimate knowledge of the Culture and it's World Historical Position, it's complete History, a map, a dictionary/phrasebook, and one Hell of a lot of homework before you got on that airplane and left the safe confines of your first world country.

tomlovegod : So sorry hear this from you. Keep distance from weird behavior guys in China.

Eric Bates : A misleading title as no money ever existed in the first place.You got scammed into donating your free time which is a hard lesson in life for you but not the same as losing your own actual money.This sort of foreign labour exploitation goes on right across the world and i'm sure America has done just as bad to people with no green card.Maybe not a good idea to go back to China any time soon after releasing this video Poppy.Just sayin!

01001011 : 3 months? Oh kid.. you gotta be more demanding from the get go. Never go forward without it being in writing. Also why didn't you go to the police????? They are so great in China. You got the job as soon as you put yourself out there?! So It's not like you couldn't find other work quickly. I appreciate how open you are so this won't happen to others! Don't trust ANYONE

Just Bring It : Thank you Poppy for sharing your experiences in China its very helpful.I Love You and your Videos.Love and Respect From Germany.

Bruce Chen : disclose the bad people

Laviniu Caba : Whenever someone mentions Romania, I'm just like OMG. (Because it rarely gets mentioned and I'm Romanian)🇷🇴🇷🇴🇷🇴🇷🇴 I also feel so bad that you got scammed.😥😣😔

ter1413 : So to summarize, you did no research? Ok.

Debbie Orangeyouasweet1 : Through all the experience you still managed to improve your skills and make wonderful informative videos. I’m happy you’re sharing the bad as well as the good to help others make educated well researched decisions. Unfortunately corrupt people are everywhere as well as in the USA. Wishing you all the best and happy journeys.

Who Austin : OMG the second one really terrified me, so nasty. And as a local mainland Chinese, I feel so sorry about what you have been through. That ‘Bonnie’ was really good at scamming, and I’m so sorry this experience had hurt you and made you feel so naive... that shouldn’t have happened at the first place. Hope you never met this kind heartless b1tch ever. And some advises about Chinese politics, I hope I can make myself understood. First of all, You can totally criticize China, for its environment or people or anything as long as it’s truth. You won’t get in trouble for that even if you shoot the videos and uploaded it. Second thing is, by no means should you publicly taking side on sensitive issue (like supporting the secession of any region)or anything that makes you suspicious for intending to split this country .(trust me that’s not a joke and not just for foreigners) Nor should you spreading the hateful words about CCP or leaders of China or some sensitive people to Chinese people publicly, (especially a person related to media.) The best tip is to just stay away from politics if you don’t know the red lines. I have seem almost every single one of your videos about China, so I’m pretty sure you’ll be just fine. I was also afraid with my words when I was younger, since there are rumors floating around and I didn’t know too much about CCP by then. But then I got to know it, and realized this party or this government has its won standard which are strictly obeyed. it was by then that I felt cool with my speech. Hahah and even feel kind of free now. (Some might laugh at me about this, but it’s true , I a ordinary person here feel good and safe and hopeful with my life. ) Looking forward to your second story. Poppy you are doing an amazing thing, to share the truth and share the real first-handed full-scale views about this world. I have learned a lot (including English lol). Thank you so much for your sharing.

James Lee : It is ILLEGAL to work on a tourist visa and why do Americans always think they got some special privileges?

Randall Murrain : I'm utterly speechless. It's just awful that something like this happened to someone as genuinely kind and giving as you.

Anthony Coles : Wow, some people Suck, crazee experience glad you made it over that hill and it made u stronger, #NAMASTE🙏🙏💙✨✨ Vids are hella funn and informative, motivational about The Beauty of China... Good 4 you.

melirose20 : After back to back ads, I guess I'll never know how Poppy got scammed.

MrTimetravler : OMG poppy!! please be careful next you travel i wouldn't be able to sleep or live life knowing you are locked up abroad in another country :(

hope king : This is crazy!and thank you so much for taking the time to share your story,I’ve been watching all of your China videos as my fiancé and I will be heading out there soon for a month,I’m grateful you included this

Silentchrome : I wanted to go to China this year, so I did the interview with them etc. They sent me a contract, so I took it to a lawyer (that's my friend) and he read through the whole contract and he told me that something does not add up for him and that there a whole lot of stuff that they must stipulate, needs to be stipulated in the contract. They kept messaging me saying "When are you gonna sign the contract and send it to me" So ek replied them" I have sent the contract to a lawyer and a soon as his finish everything looks good then I will send it to you, signed also". After that they didn't answer me at all. From then I haven't heard of them. While I negotiated with them, my friend flew to China, she negotiated with another recruitment company. When she came in China stuff didn't add up for her. To wrap it up.. the Guy who recruited her, was locked up by the Police, caught for corruption theft of money. He left her alone with no money etc etc. Luckily she had family in China so she stayed by them. According to the government, she has illegaly entered China,that China Police was looking for her. That guy actually took her illegaly into China. When I heard that, I decided not to go to China at all. There was alot of young poeple that was recruited by him. That people got in contact with The South African Government (Where I live and they are from) And they took the matter to the China Government. That young people were helped put of China(with help from the China Government). Btw it is more that 10 young poeple that was scammed by that guy. At the end he was arrested for Fraud.

Major Mayhem : Damn girl you got balls for going to China alone and job hunting in the first place. With that kind of guts, you can succeed in anything in life.

Patrick Wu : I feel you, so sorry to hear this story. I do believe in karma and golden rule!!! just move on, leave this behind, not worth being sad

ww3k : Damn, good for you for taking the high road and sharing this difficult story as a precaution to others.

Ed Nichols : In the future leverage your network. You have built this community. When you are having a tough time especially financially telling these stories and asking for those who can help to do it is available to you. Part of the reason I am a patron of you is because I enjoy your content and personality. Even though it isn't much I consider it like buying you a cup of coffee to hear your stories. It is not one sided when you engage people in this way. You are offering much of yourself in sharing your story. Are you in a better place now?

Sha・Ne・Ru : I applaud you for sticking it out 3 months though. There was a time where I got a job and 2 weeks they didn't sign a contract with me, I asked what was happening, didn't get a proper answer, so I quit xD I've quit over less so I'm quite proud(? lol?) about your ability to stick to something. But also, terrible experience, an i'm sorry you had to go through it... but i'm glad you've been able to come this far and move forwards

1 11 : It is common sense that nobody goes anywhere in the world if they do not have the correct visa in order to work. Also do not take advice from people in hostels or just anywhere. Do full reaserch in your country via the consulate of the country you want to go to. You are very lucky you did not get arrested. Why did you work for two months without getting paid. Hope you have learned your lesson.

tenchichrono : I would have bailed after not receiving my first to second paycheck. Next time go with your gut. But after all that... don't trust ANYONE. Sorry to hear that happened to you Poppy.