Back in April 2018 we posted and education agent alert about Ashleigh Howe, who is alleged to have ripped off over a hundred students who were studying in Sydney between about 2014 and 2018.

Unfortunately that incident is just one example off the all too frequent education agent scams and other occurrences of unprofessional or dishonest conduct by education agents. AgentBee’s education alerts database tracks reports of education agent misconduct around the world dating back over 10 years.

Whenever we post about education agent scams we make the obvious point that these incidents hurt international students. The victims usually lose money; are misled on study, employment or migration outcomes, or all of the above.

Recently AgentBee received an email from a former international student who said that they were ripped off by Ashleigh Howe.

Hi! Me and my girlfriend who now live back in Norway rented an apartment for half a year in Sydney from Global Education Advisory and Ashleigh Howe which I now saw you had written an article about. We have been trying to get in contact with her and her second in charge Amanda for almost a year now to get our bond and some of the outrageous fees they charged us for back. I wanted to know if you know of any way we can still get our money back? We are currently in Norway and it has been hard trying to get help from anyone back in Sydney about this. We would be very grateful if you could help us in any way or know who we should contact instead. Thank you so much in advance, and we hope this website helps other people to not end up in the same situation as we have done.

We gave the student some ideas about who they might contact in Sydney, but there wasn’t much we could do. There is very little hope they’ll get their money back.

The email is a useful reminder that the victims of dodgy education agents are real people. Very often they have to deal with the consequences for a long time.

Working with education agents? Protect your institution and students.

An effective and well managed education agent strategy can deliver great results for your institution and international students.

When education agents behave badly, students are harmed and the reputation of the institution takes a hit. Our database of education agent alerts shows the damage caused when agents are unprofessional, unethical or dishonest.

Check the education agent alert database before entering into, or renewing, a contract with an education agent.

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