What to Look Out For in a Data Entry Job Scam
A data entry job scam can target you in many ways. There are forms you can fill out at the mall or online that makes you believe you are winning something or getting valuable information when in actual fact you are subscribing to a mailing list. The list is purchased and then you start to receive mailings. It can then be very difficult or even impossible to get your name removed from their list.
Sites like Craigslist are a big target for these data entry business scams. Using the employment area, they add jobs in the data entry section. They use your city and information that appears to come from someone in your city. Once you send your CV over, you find that there is not a job at all but a mailing list. More than likely that list will be sold multiple times.
A few things to consider when posting for a job on Craigslist is:
- Look for information that shows the ad is local and not cut and pasted by someone who does not live there. Job postings contain some information that will key you in to what part of town they are located. A real employer knows that if a job is across town, you may not want to apply for it. They know that if they do not say where the job is, they will get calls asking. A data entry business scam will not have anything that gives you town information in the posting.
- There is no way to reach them. When you apply for a job, you usually have someone to send your resume to or phone. Even if the company is not listed on the posting, it will give you a person's name or title. A data entry opportunity scam may just have job information and nothing else.
- When can you begin? Data entry job scams will be very vague with start information or look as if they needed you last week. They cater to people who really need a job, but most companies know you give notice to your current employer first. If you do not give notice, you are not the kind of employee they want. There is not a real job waiting for you with scam artists so they are unconcerned about that part.
The ad will make the job sound so good that you will not care that something does not appear right. You may have lost your job and really need a new one. Data entry job scams are too good to be true and you will begin to be able to point them out from real jobs. Once you read it, you will send your CV. You will submit your resume out immediately and check your email hoping to hear from them. You will feel confident that you will receive a call back. This type of listing gives false hope to the person who applies. As soon as you sent your email, they are adding you to a list to begin sending you opportunities that are actually scams.