Most people have gray matter located somewhere between their ears. But some people are just plain dumb and dumber! Those who send $2,999 to CRCCAsai.com or ChinaSolutions.com are the dumbest - and even the New York Times agrees! These two companies actually call and convince people over the telephone and by email that will get hired by Fortune 500 companies as an intern but only if they pay their fee. They rely on really impressive websites, fake reviews that are self-created, testimonials form non-existent "satisfied clients" and smooth talking telemarketers packed into boiler rooms in Beijing and the U.K. Admittedly, they put on a good show. But we caught up with "Robert" a fellow from the U.K. who used to be an "agent" for CRCCAsia.com. This is some of what he had to say...
"There are never ever refunds allowed for any reason, even if a client gets hit by a car and is hospitalized."
"Less than 10% of the internships CRCC gets for people transform into a real job, and most are sales and marketing jobs - doing the grunt work for some Chinese companies."
"The owner of CRCC pays big bucks to get phony news articles published and they have a SEO guy that spams the shit all over the internet."
"The employees laugh and joke about how many "fish" they catch every day." (refereing to new clients)
" I have personally been in the U.K. office about 2 years ago when 3 angry students came in demanding a refund or they threatened to smash the place up. I am not sure what happened but they came back from China less than a month after they went there for internships. They got their refund."
"The telesales people are bloody well careful what they put into an email because we were all warned that email can be evidence. So they will say just about anything on the phone but they are very careful about what they put in writing."
"I heard the owner boast that he earns $30,000 a day, and I think he is telling the truth based on the volume of business being generated by over 50 telesales people."
As for ChinaSolutions.com, anyone can call them pretending to be an interested client, and after asking a few direct questions, you can quickly realize they do not guarantee any results and will even tell a high school drop out in Wisconsin that they are "qualified" become an intern agronomist in China! Their lies are the boldest by far, but people are so desperate for work overseas that they are eating up the BS with spoons in both hands. They are even taking real English teaching jobs posted on expat forums, taking half of the salaries and then offering the position as a "paid internship"!
Those being targeted are university students, California's unemployed and even lonely or bored soldiers who surf the internet and come across crafty ads promising careers after discharge. The scammers leave no stone unturned and one CRCC telemarketer is even known to offer online teaching internships to the elderly. Senior citizens on a fixed income can least afford to lose $2,999.
Although there are many real and legitimate internships to be had in China and elsewhere (both paid and unpaid), these two operators will only provide high hopes and disappointments. When CRCC first started they apparently were legitimate according to Robert, but he recently said...
"Once the money started rolling in, greed grew faster than a mushroom in a rainforest, and all the rules and ethics fell to the wayside".
At first we thought "Robert" just might be a disgruntled employee， but no, he said he was actually treated and paid very well. When asked why he left in 2011, he just said "I have a conscience and wanted out before the coppers come a knockin at the door." It appears business is still booming for both of these companies with no apparent shortage of victims. Since the actual crimes are being committed on Chinese soil, we don't expect police action any time soon. After all... "TIC" (This is China).
For now, one can only warn others. Sound the alarm within your own circle of friends and maybe share this article with your favorite blogger or group. The below links were found after doing a quick google search as well as some old complaints from 2010...