are online data entry jobs legitimate?

Philippines
July 11, 2011 1:49am CST
i need your opinion on this one, friends. when i open my email, i noticed several messages from different senders, all of which are about online typing jobs, data entry, surveys and stuff... the offers looks interesting but im doubtful because there is a sign up fee of $39, or $29 or sometimes $15... do you think these are legitimate offers or jobs? im kinda hesitant on offers where i have to first cash out money from my pocket... what do you think? have you tried these offers?
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12 responses
@owlwings (39761)
• Cambridge, England
11 Jul 11
Golden Rule #1: If a job is worth doing (and you can do it), a genuine employer will NOT ask you for money before giving you work. These are very likely 'spam' emails (offers which you didn't request) and the ONLY reason for sending them out is so that the senders will make money. Anything which charges a sign-up fee, no matter how much it promises that you will make by joining, is likely to be a scam. They may send you a few jobs or surveys to begin with but you will very soon find that you will be 'screened out' of most surveys, will be told that your data entry is 'not up to standard' or that you will not receive any more work once they have your money.
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• United States
11 Jul 11
Well, owlwings beat me to this one, that is exactly what I was going to say..(Well, maybe no word for word, but you know what I mean..)
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
11 Jul 11
Indeed correct, Owlwings. A friend of mine ever got scammed by one of these emails. She paid the fees and didn't receive any job for her to do to earn.
@Rick1950 (1565)
• Lima, Peru
13 Jul 11
Good response, Owlwings!
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
11 Jul 11
I think these kind of emails usually is spam emails. Not worth to spend money into applying job from here. Because one of my friends ever got scammed by one of those email offers. The best is, stay away from this kind of spam email. Because genuine company won't request us to make any upfront fees, when offering job to us.
• Philippines
13 Jul 11
I believe you. I am lucky that I didn't sign up at all. The offers look very promising and interesting but whenever it comes to ME paying them, no way. They are even backing up their sites with videos and testimonials but I won't be fooled easily. I'm into online money making because I want to earn. I don't wanna be scammed. Thanks for your comment there. :)
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
15 Jul 11
They are backing up their sites with videos and testimonials to lure unsuspected members to join and get scammed by them. It is better to stay away from site that promises earning which seems too good to be real...
• Philippines
17 Jul 11
i agree with you. sometimes the testimonials are really enticing but i have learn my lessons now :)
@Rick1950 (1565)
• Lima, Peru
13 Jul 11
There are a lot of mails offering such a jobs to earn money. I have no taken any of those offers. I don't know if they are honest but I suspect many of them are frauds. Maybe you can make a test purchasing one that is not very expensive. :)
• Philippines
13 Jul 11
I have yet to experience one that is not a scam. Basing on all the emails that I received, the lowest sign up fee is $19 and that is still way too much, right? I learned my lessons from the comments and responses I got here in mylot. These email are spam messages so there is a high probability that these offers are scams. And any job that requires a sign up fee is more likely illegitimate. Thanks for your reply Rick :)
@samafayla33 (1857)
• United States
12 Jul 11
I don't think so, you can also do mechanical turk, small jobs sites, and other little sites online. Before investing anything always go to the http://www.bbb.org to check it out
• Philippines
13 Jul 11
Thanks for sharing a site that we can use to check if a particular online job is legit or not. How are you doing with your online jobs so far?
• Indonesia
11 Jul 11
As with other types of internet business, as well as online data entry jobs, there are really paying and there is also a scam.But it is rather difficult to distinguish between sites that pay and scam. The best way is to look at online forums about that sites. I have tried several... but no one has succeeded!
• Indonesia
11 Jul 11
choose the one that diesn't require a sign up fee, and has small PayOut. usually, you could get some money for the jobs you've done.
• Hong Kong
11 Jul 11
hi, I don't think you have to pay any sign up fee for online data entry jobs, there are many opportunities available online which does not require you to pay anything. Personally I do not invest in any of these sites because they can be scam and shut down very quickly. And you know $39 is quite a large sum of money, considering that you may have to work for long time online to earn back that sum of money, so, as I don't know whether I can post the name of the sites that I am working in, try to make use of the mylot search engine, and find out the name of other legitimate online data entry sites which do not require you to pay! Good Luck!
• Philippines
13 Jul 11
That's right! In the first place, I haven't earn that much,or that amount of money in one of many online jobs I am currently participating so there is no way I am gonna spare that for them. ha-ha. I mean, it clearly looks that the sites are illegitimate and scams, I just wonder now on how they got my email address.
@bubbletush (1334)
• Philippines
11 Jul 11
i am working on an online data entry job for 3 years already. but i got this job posted from a legitimate job posting site. it is very suspicious to respond to online job offers that you receive via emails and those that requires sign up fee. a legitimate job offer should never require a payment at your end.
• Philippines
13 Jul 11
thanks for your response, bubbletush. could you share that site where you are doing online data entry jobs? i signed up with odesk and freelancer.com before but i really didn't have a chance to pursue on a job. by any chance, are these the online sites you are referring? I'm cautious now not to respond on spam messages. that's why they are spam messages in the first place, right?
• India
11 Jul 11
I am also searching for a good online job site,but not find one yet.Every one is asking money for registration.
• Philippines
13 Jul 11
hi sreejithsreenivas, how are you? i sent you a friend request :) it seems that we are all looking for a good online job. modern technology geared us towards this, what do you think? we should always be cautious though. take precautions before heading into something that we are not entirely sure about. ask questions from somebody who knows more. read blogs about that particular site that will identify if its scam or not. based on previous response, i also made it a rule not to join any online site that will require me a payment. again, ill share this to everyone, if it sound too good to be true, it probably is. have a great day. and see you around.
• India
11 Jul 11
Its just a foolishness to pay for a work which u can get just by free.and i will just say u.guess if u paid any site and starting expecting for any money then do u know what u will get?u will get a tutorial and just some tips or may be u didn.t get that.so just away from all that scam.
• Philippines
13 Jul 11
hi vikramsingh796, how are you doing? im trying to stay away from sites like these. im thinking that just maybe because i entered my email address in one of their sites that's the reason why they keep sending me invites. i know that these are spam messages. i wonder now on how i can stop these messages, not that i'll be trying their offers. definitely NOT!
@aredsani (41)
• India
11 Jul 11
i guess any site which asks for money so that we can earn money is fake but there are some free legitimate sites which pay good but i guess working in an office will pay u more
• Philippines
13 Jul 11
i know. working in an office will really be your source of active income. making extra money online is another one but it should be of least priority. thanks for your response, aredsani. i hope we can find a legit online work, one that does not make us pay in the first place. see you around.
• Indonesia
11 Jul 11
I always choose the jobs that doesn't require a sign up fee, and have small payout. It may be small payment, but it's not scam (yet).