The Internet is now one of the mainstream avenues from which people earn their money. There are millions of online telecommuters at present, and a good portion of them are engaged in online data entry jobs from home. Many have been attracted to this job, owing to the fact that it is not as complicated as other online jobs and does not demand for any specialization. One only has to endure the work’s monotony and repetitiveness though.
There are many jobs of this sort that can be found online. Some however are nothing more than complete rip-offs where you can be taken advantage of and end up extorted of your money or labor, receiving nothing in return. Many people have already fallen for these scams, particularly those who are still new to online telecommuting. If you still consider doing data entry jobs from home, here are a few good tips to keep you safe.
Know the Signs of Scam
Data entry clerks are often paid according to how much they’ve worked on. Others however are paid per hour and are required to work for a fixed number of hours. Regardless, those employed by legitimate companies always gets paid for all the trouble. However, there are some employers that don’t pay at all. Actually, you’ll be pretty lucky if they simply run away with your output. Real scammers will steal not only your work, but also your money.
Scammers have a lot of things in common. One of these is the bait and switch tactics that they use to lure people into their fraud. You may often run into their job offers through rather sneaky ways: pop ups, spam mail, redirecting web pages, and many others. The alleged job is always advertised as something that pays really high but with details that attempt to paint it as realistic. If you somehow got convinced and apply for the job, you will be asked for a “modest” registration fee. Once you’ve paid, there is a chance that you actually get to do some work, but you will never ever get your salary.
Alternatively, the scammer will simply direct you to a very long webpage that advertises some sort of data entry program. It will have all the mumbo jumbo and testimonies that tries to convince you to start a data entry business or the like, and will ask you to buy some kind of start up kit at the end. Buying into it would be a big mistake, as the kit will actually be worthless.
Always Do a Background Check
If names are provided in a data entry job posting, make it a habit to look it up in search engines. Check on that person or business’ history, if they have scammed somebody before, and most importantly, if they actually exist.
If the job’s listed in a job site though, you can always check the employer’s profile, see their statistics, and make sensible deductions out of it. For example, that person is definitely a scammer if they have too many downvotes, too low ratings, or plenty of negative comments to name a few. More suspicious would be those reluctant to share their information.
When looking for data entry jobs from home, always remember to take a healthy dose of caution. Follow our tips and you’ll be able to spot a scammer from a mile away.