What Is A Data Entry Scam?

A great many people have been ripped off by data entry scams.

Visiting a website that offers a good rate for entering simple data into fields seems like an offer that is too good to be true.

Usually it is.

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After parting you with anywhere up to $99 for registration, the data entry website will then send you an ebook instead of the work you were expecting.

This ebook will explain that the way you get paid is by writing advertisements for the Adwords system that Google operates.

You also have to pay to run the Adwords campaign, however, you do get paid whenever one of the ads is clicked on (call me cynical, but this also seems to be encouraging click fraud on top of the scam doesn’t it?).

Google Adwords is most definitely not a scam.

However, it takes a lot of skill and knowledge to utilise to it’s full potential.

Also, the fact that you have now become, in effect, an affiliate, is nothing to be unduly worried about either.

It just means someone else is earning off the back of your hard work.

You have been duped though –

  • This is not the type of work you had been led to believe it was by the original advertisement
  • You have paid a registration fee – work should be earning you money, not parting you from it.
  • You will be required to part with more cash to operate an Adwords campaign

All this in advance of receiving a penny back from your employer.

So what can you do to protect yourself from this sort of shady business opportunity?

Firstly, search the web for the company you are thinking of affiliating with.

Add the word “scam” or “problems” to the search string to see if others have experienced problems.

Secondly, pay by credit card only.

This will afford you some limited protection if you find you have been completely ripped off.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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