Asia Expat Guides fake testimonials

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Asia Expat Guides has numerous testimonials on their site, they're all fake. I created this slideshare to document the evidence of the fake testimonials and the real source of the photo.

I have tweeted Asia Expat Guides - with some success. Only to have them replaced by new ones.

If, as claimed on the site, Asia Expat Guides have "1000 satisfied clients across globe" why are there no real testimonials?

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Asia Expat Guides fake testimonials

  1. 1. SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  2. 2. SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials I blogged about the fake testimonials on the Asia Expat Guides website last week. Here’s their reaction – a tweet they’ve since deleted. Except I wasn’t pointing out likenesses, I was providing evidence of photos stolen from legitimate bio pages of universities, schools, conferences and companies. Since then I’ve played a cat and mouse game, posting evidence of their fake profiles on twitter and adding the person affected if possible. It’s been somewhat effective, they’ve removed some – but added some new ones. What follows is evidence of just how much Asia Expat Guides lies. Enjoy! Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  3. 3. http://www.unmc.edu/biochemistry/graduate_students.htm Removed 8 August 2013 Vikesh Naidu, an IT Analyst in China who struggled to buy groceries (supermarket?) Or a Ph.D candidate in Biochemistry called Bhopal at the University of Nebraska Medical Center? SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  4. 4. Removed 10 August 2013 Jeff Goldman, Operations Manager in Vietnam looks a lot like…. John Franklin of John Franklin Ministries http://www.johnfranklinministries.org/ SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  5. 5. Removed 10 August 2013 Reappeared 13 August 2013 http://www.onlinehsa.com/RosannePaul.aspx Who is this mystery woman, last week she was Jessica Langseth, this week she’s Jenet William… But she’s really Roseanne Paul, a territory manager for HSA, and still based in the US SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  6. 6. http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2013/06/14/sticky-cells-blood- vessels-and-cancer-the-paradox-of-claudin-14/ Jenet William, lab technician, who moved to China… But wait, she’s really Dr. Marianne Baker, who is a researcher cancer research in the UK. Wonder how she feels about AEG demoting her to lab technician. SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  7. 7. Jon Albarto, Marketing Manager in Thailand… … or Stephen A. Odom, one of the Ontogeny partners http://www.theontogenypartners.com/who-we-are/meet-us/ SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  8. 8. Philipp Blank… (who looks nothing like the real Philipp Blank…) Probably because he’s really Denys Anctil. http://www.normand.ca/Machinerie/e-contacts.html SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  9. 9. Is Kris Allen and accountant in Malaysia (who oddly doesn’t capitalise ‘I’)? Or a PR guy called Oliver Chesher, based in Manchester? Removed 13 August 2013 http://www.prweek.com/uk/news/1067542/Admiral-PR-opens-office- Manchester-appoints-head-office-Oliver-Chesher/?DCMP=ILC-SEARCH SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  10. 10. On Sunday he was Aron Smith By Tuesday he was Stevie Wright Tuesday evening he’s back to Aron Smith SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  11. 11. Janet Wilson, a Lab Tech in Malaysia. Who swims at the University of Vermont under the name Tori Wood. SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  12. 12. Asia Expat Guides couldn’t decide whether to call him Donald or Brent. I think he looks more like a Donald. But he’s known as Peter to his friends, to everyone in fact, including his colleagues in the UK http://www.debtmanagementtoday.co.uk/peter_welch SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  13. 13. Hiromi loves her job as a translator in China. It leaves her plenty of time to moonlight as a hairstyle model… http://hairstylesweekly.com/japanese- hairstyles-gallery/short-japanese-for-spring/ SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  14. 14. Removed 10 August 2013 It’s great that Ibrahim has mastered Chinese, many expats don’t… But I’m surprised he needs it in his day job as Samir Ahmed… http://bluechipmag.com/qa-with-samir-ahmed/ SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  15. 15. Hassan Azar, an accountant (another one who can’t capitalise correctly, how odd) Turns out to be Antonios Lalechos, sounds Greek to me. http://www.xfel.eu/organization/staff/lalechos_ antonios_vassilios/ SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  16. 16. Brent Keith, so happy in Singapore… Or Grant Hallstrom managing partner of a law firm in California? http://www.emotionalblackholes.com/ SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  17. 17. Nice to see Nasser hasn’t gone into hipster fashion like most graphic designers…. Possibly because his real name is Ahmed Alajaji and he’s a student http://apyls.hci.edu.sg/2012/participants.php SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  18. 18. Rick or Ricky? Evans or Braddy? Another testimonial which had a name change today Or maybe Ben, a philosophy alumnus, in the US. http://www.philosophy.northwestern.edu/alumni/#ben SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  19. 19. Robert Smith, a Head Engineer in Malaysia, he’s happy with AEG’s services Which is odd for a Training Co-ordinator in France http://www.pgmodel.com/qui-sommes-nous/joignez-vous-a-notre-equipe/ SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  20. 20. Betty loves the social gatherings, and meeting interesting people… They got the meeting people part right – but her name is Laurie and she’s in Massachusetts http://salonvicaro.com/laurie-thomas/ SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  21. 21. Daniel Walsh got Perfect Service when he moved… But his real name is Jeremiah Erikson https://vimeo.com/jeremiaherikson SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  22. 22. Stuart Standish, a Marketing guy in Thailand Turns out to be John Morgan of Akrtos http://www.amerika.org/books/interview-with-john-morgan-of-arktos/ SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  23. 23. Aina Ekstrom, got to meet local friends in Vietnam. But her real name is Annika, and she’s from Sweden. She works on a site for expats in Italy (I know, the irony) http://www.expatsinitaly.com/node/134 SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  24. 24. Odd way to spell Johnathon, but happy he could learn Thai. But his real name is Michael Lawrence Young, and he writes a fascinating blog “Dando Papaya” http://www.dandopapaya.com/?page_id=7 SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  25. 25. A Chinese man who moved to Kuala Lumpur to work as a vet (seems an unlikely scenario, but OK) Turns out to be a dentist providing services for expats in Thailand. This is kinda dumb, if AEG were a real agency this man should be on their supply list not their fake testimonial list! http://pattaya-times.com/a8002-dental-loft-clinic-for-foreign-expatriates SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  26. 26. Helena Elg apparently owns a Pastry shop in Thailand. (Really?) No, not really, she’s Maggie Myklebust, author of Fly Away Home, a book about being pulled between two countries http://flyawayhomebook.com/about/ SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  27. 27. Dave Wells a finance director who got a map of Shanghai… Or Atour Samsonov, Vice President at Citi, I know banks are unpopular but that’s no reason to steal his photo. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/artour-samsonov/27/502/641 SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  28. 28. Michael Webber, bought a car in Singapore with AEG’s help. Wonder how Matthias Buttner will get it to Brazil. http://talk2brazil.blogspot.nl/2013/04/matthias-buttner-ambassador-of.html SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  29. 29. Kerrington Roberta – very unusual name – works as an English teacher Or James Counsell, President (or former President) of the Cambridge Union Society. http://internationalstudentsenate.blogspot.nl/2011/03/james-counsell.html SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  30. 30. http://bizblogs.nus.edu/the-nus- mba/2012/09/25/the-nus-mba%EC%97%90- %EB%B6%80%EB%8A%94- %ED%95%9C%EB%A5%98%EB%B0%94%EB%9 E%8C/ Richard Wong, who is throwing out A+ for a service … That Jason Lee Won Jun probably didn’t use SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  31. 31. http://expatexplorer.blogspot.nl/2010/10/expert-excellence-featuring- george-eves.html Peteria Laugrh, learnt Malay for his job in Malaysia But his real name is George Eves, and he works for an Expat organisation. His profile was removed from AEG following their tweet. Removed 13 August 2013 SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  32. 32. Removed 10 August 2013 Although same text was reused for “Michael Ownings” “Eugene” has a lot of spare time now that the cleaning of his apartment is sorted out in Vietnam, so much so that he’s apparently started moonlighting as John Price, the Director of the International School Monaco. Hell of a Commute. http://www.ismonaco.org/home/en/our/director%27s-welcome--- .aspx SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  33. 33. http://www.smeadvisor.com/2013/05/hospital ity-market-in-the-uae/mat-green/ Michael Ownings has a lot of spare time now that the cleaning of his apartment is sorted out in Vietnam, … this might sound familiar… so much so that he’s apparently started moonlighting as Matthew Green, Head of Research http://www.smeadvisor.com/2013/05/hospitality-market-in-the-uae/mat-green/ SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  34. 34. Rebecca Swansea, an expat in Vietnam? Or Emily Grieves an Expat in Mexico? http://www.womensradio.com/2012/04/emily-grieves-expat-artist- embraces-mexico/ SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  35. 35. Marrisa E., an expat’s wife who likes baking and cooking. (AEG organises classes for that) Except she’s Tiffany Waddell, academic counselor at the Wake Forest University. She prefer poetry writing to baking. http://diversity.provost.wfu.edu/gatekeepers/trainers/ SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  36. 36. Gary Patel is a Singapore banker by day… And an Assistant Professor called Jonathan Simon by night? http://newfaculty.uchicago.edu/page/jonathan-simon SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  37. 37. Jessica is fluent in Vietnamese after a year of study… Except she’s called Kaitlin Gault, and at the time the photo was taken was working for the small business development staff somewhere in Colorado http://beling.net/articles/about/Kaitlin_Hawayek#prettyPhoto[slide]/35/ SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  38. 38. New today! Rick Braddy, a software engineer from India He’s really Jonathan Cristaldo, an economist from Mexico. I think AEG changed his nationality and his religion. RUDE! Removed 13 August 2013 SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  39. 39. Quentin Boyer moved to China as an internet marketer…. Except he’s called Charles-Henri Thoquenne, he is an expat. In Senegal. http://www.expat-blog.com/newsletter/top/142_aout-2011.html SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  40. 40. Amelia Fran, who has no identity beyond her husband. Or Aileen Aniciete, an opera choir member. http://groundcontrol-opera.com/aileen-aniciete/ SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  41. 41. AEG helped her but couldn’t remember her name? I can help them with that, she’s Laura Phenix, but unsurprisingly, she’s not in China. http://www.ynpnsfba.org/powerfulher SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  42. 42. Astrid Laut, who despite being a journalist need help to visit a local market. Or Rachel Pollack, expert on Internet Governance? http://www.academia.edu/People/Internet_Governance_ICT_policy_and_Regulat esearch SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons
  43. 43. SCAM FILE: Asia Expat Guides Fake Testimonials That’s forty lies on the website. There are more. Why would anyone use this company? Version 1.0 | Louise McGregor | changememe.com | @changememe | © creative commons

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