I posted last week that Asia Expat Guides used fake testimonials on their website to which I got this rather interesting response.
Which is a fair point, sometimes people do look alike. I had a very confusing conversation with a woman in a hairdresser’s once, I was convinced she was a former colleague. Turns out, we’d never met.
This is not sixty of those cases. I’m not confusing a likeness, I am saying that Asia Expat Guides has copied photos from around the internet, invented names, and created a glowing review of their own services.
This is unfair on the people whose photos were stolen, it’s unfair on people considering Asia Expat Guides’ services; it’s lying, it’s fraud.
Here’s a slideshare of some of the ones I’ve identified so far, including the those Asia Expat Guides have removed. You’ll see a screenshot of the content Asia Expat Guides invented, alongside a screenshot of the image from the original site, with a link to that site.
Despite my blog post and tweets throughout last week, Asia Expat Guides continues to use photos of people assigning random names and endorsements to them. It’s clear that permission was not given. It’s also clear that they have done this knowingly, since they’ve removed the endorsements of some of people that I have pointed out.
But the fake testimonials remain, so I am presenting here a selection of the testimonials Asia Expat Guides publish with screenshots of the real person that I could track them down.
(If the slideshare isn’t presenting well on your screen, here’s the direct link; Scam File: Asia Expat Guides )
PostScript September 2018, Asia Expat Guides website is now offline
6 thoughts on “Scam File; Asia Expats Guide still lying”
….excellent detective work plus funny too! – but maybe we should keep in mind that the adversary here has a different mindset to you and I – so in Asia this sort of scam may not be seen as dishonest or even as “cheating”…. kind of reminds of engineering school when several Asians in my year employed what we would call “cheating” during final exams. Subsequently they couldn’t understand why they were dismissed from the school once found …..
Thanks! That’s a good point about cultural differences. However they’re marketing to all nationalities, and wanting clients to trust them, this isn’t going to work!
You made me chuckle more than once 🙂 Also amazed that it seems like one person wrote all the “testimonials”
Thanks Micah – it’s been entertaining!