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Posted By: Ms. Skeptical
Thursday, 3 March 2005, at 6:35 a.m.
I saw the post above from a "defender" of Linda Christas and thus I am posting the warning below:
I am a New York State certified teacher with a Master's Degree in Education. A couple of months back, I posted my resume on a national job site. Within a day, I had received an e-mail from a company called "Linda Christas" which informed me that I qualified for an educational position with their company. The woman who posted the e-mail directed me to a website, told me to study the content carefully, and to get back to her if I was interested.
Wellllll, folks, it turned out that this "company" (according to its slick website) solicited "educational professionals" to work on a commission basis in their individual locales to recruit families (with school-age children) into this "online school" of sorts. Now, (AND HERE'S THE CLINCHER) Linda Christas requires payment of $400 from an "educational professional" such as myself to receive some type of online "administrative training" that they claim (according to another e-mail by one of its reps) will get me "up to speed" on my knowledge of the educational field.(so what did I pay thousands for my Master's in Science for????) Then, after you plunk down your bucks and receive this online "training"...... (drumroll PLEASE) you will have the grand priviledge (MAYBE, the decision rests totally with them and is contingent upon their approval), OF WORKING ON A COMMISSION BASIS FOR THIS "ONLINE" SCHOOL!!!!!
I posted on FIB at this time and Mel.White and others felt the whole thing smelled like one huge rat. (check it out in MaaMaww's archives). I did a Google search and found a collection of disturbing complanits by people contacted in the same manner in which I was, who pretty much just got scammed by this questionable outfit. Interestingly, whoever posted this "defense" above was supposedly yet another "glowing parent" who is shocked and appalled by some of the negative stuff floating around regarding the noble and holy "LINDA CHRISTAS". Hmmmmm..... why would so many parents of this school be spending so much time on anti-scam sites defending their kid's school? What I think is that the "scammers" in this organization anticipate this negative press, and scour the net for any "dirt" they can try to deflect.
Any way, I received several e-mails from the organization informing me that I needed to send in the $400 or they would give the position to someone else in my area. When I requested literature on the "school", the rep sent me a long, defensive e-mail which explained that as an "online school", they did not have a physical mailing address and couldn't afford to print up pricey brochures, and spouted some psychobabble about "lack of trust" on my part and "not taking advantage of golden opportunities in one's life". SEARING HOT RED FLAG!
Anyway, pardon the rambling, but this board, MaaMaww, Mel., and others ROCK, and I wanted to spare other people from a very elaborate scam and give back something to this incredible group of "FIB".
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