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Earning hundreds of dollars per day, or even per week, in return for a few hours of work would be a dream come true for anyone looking for a work-at-home position in data-entry. Scammers know this and work hard to lure you in. Although fraudulent job proposals are not always easy to identify, when it comes to spotting data entry online scams, you can look for red flags to help you avoid online fraud.

Unsolicited Job Proposals

Turn down any job offer for which you have not applied. Scammers will often use software to track your browsing habits. For instance, if your look for work from home, you may suddenly receive an email offering data entry or other type of work from home. Legitimate work-from-home companies don't solicit help in un such an unprofessional and unethical manner - they don't have to. Data entry from home is in such high demand that legitimate companies are generally swamped with resumes from new applicants.

Don't become a victim of work-from-home scams. Delete any unsolicited data-entry job offers.

Order Processing

Look out for help-wanted emails or ads requesting help with processing customer orders. The ad or message normally involves a company in a foreign country looking for order processors in the United States. Responders are required to receive and deposit checks. You keep a certain percentage, and forward the rest. By the time the fake check bounces, the scammer will have received his share. The bank now comes after you for the money - that is if you're fortunate not to go to jail.

Another version of the online scam involves receiving and forwarding packages with merchandise. The order processor repackages the merchandise and forwards it to a different address.

The criminals responsible for the scam actually purchase goods with stolen credit card numbers. If you accept the job offer, the goods will be shipped to your address. You then forward the items to the criminals. Needless to say, if you don't want the police knocking on your door, stay away from this type of online scam.

Training Kits

You may have noticed online-work ads that promise easy, high-paying work but never tell you what the work consists of. The ad will highlight your earnings, often in a bright colorful font to get your attention. If you purchase the training kit, you will have all the instructions you need to start making money.

Unfortunately, once you pay for the instructions, your work will consist of placing ads to get others to buy the training kit from you. You may be asked to send unsolicited mass emails in the hopes that someone will fall for the scam - the same way you did.

Legitimate work from home, including data entry, is possible, but you have to learn to identify and avoid data entry online scams. Here are some tips on how to avoid them:

  • Research each prospective work-from-home employer.
  • Search online for reports of fraud involving the company.
  • Get references if possible.
  • Join work-at-home forums. Inquire from other forum members whether anyone has worked for or heard of your prospective employer. Members at such forums are normally eager to help.

The number of work from home employees/freelancers is expected to increase and so is the number of data entryscams. You don't have to give up on your search, though. Genuine work-from-home opportunities are available. However, you need to be discerning, alert and informed.

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