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Alex 알렉스
Professional Teacher
Beware of scammers

Dear Teachers, 

Our security team has recently identified a scammer pretending to be a member of italki. Teachers have been sent messages asking them to update their personal and login information via a link provided within the message. This link is redirecting teachers to a third-party website where all information will be recorded and stored. The scammer intends to use this information to alter withdrawal information and submit withdrawal requests on teachers' behalf. 


Teachers got this message to be aware of scammers. Recently there was a discussion on italki regarding people posing as US soldiers and trying to get money from people. This is just a reminder to be careful when dealing with people. Do you have any personal experiences with online-scammers?

Apr 19, 2019 10:02 PM
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Today I found and reported another scammer. His comment on a discussion looked suspicious. Not what a native English speaker would have written. The profile picture showed an American soldier. I did a google picture search and it turned out to be a picture used by scammers.
April 20, 2019
You can always tell the out-of-country scammers by the language. It´s really easy. They use computer-generated speech to hide the accent, but the language is always ungrammatical, like „This is Social Security Administration calling with important massage. Please call us immediately.“ Like, where`s the „the“ in Social Security Administration and in message? You can`t leave out definite articles like that, or at least no native speaker would. The telltale sign of a non-native speaking scammer. 
April 20, 2019

I received this a while ago as well:

Please disregard any messages from users asking for your login information, and report to support@italki.com if you come across such messages.

When logging on to italki, please make sure to double check the website URL of the page to make sure they are either https://www.italki.com or https://teach.italki.com

All official communication from italki will come through italki Support or italki Notification message channels and not via private message from an individual user account.


April 20, 2019
In South Korea there are many scammers via phone or email. They are mostly ethnic Koreans from China (there are many ethnic Koreans from China in South Korea, therefore it is not unlikely to meet such people in everyday life) and claim to be staff from a bank and asking for bank account details. The most scary scam was a guy who apparently hacked into an email account. Then he wrote he pretended to be a friend of the email account holder, copied his style of writing and asked for money for treatment in a hospital. The email account holder sent the money. When the friend asked for more money, the email account holder got suspicious and sent a person to her friend (the friend lived in India and the email account holder in South Korea) and found out it was all a scam. This sounds unbelievable, but I know the email account holder in person.
April 20, 2019
Scammers are everywhere. I've got used to it. 
April 20, 2019
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Alex 알렉스
Language Skills
Austrian German, English, German, Hindi, Korean, Latin
Learning Language
Korean