Have you ever received a job offer from a complete stranger, right in your email box? I did!
I received an email saying that I could become an Email Processor for $500 per week. I didn’t want to miss out on this blatant scam great job, so I responded right away. Here’s what it was all about….
The subject line of the message was “Earn $500 per week working as an E-Mail Processor!”
Here’s what was in the message:
Earn $300.00 – $500.00 per week working at home processing E-mails. We are seeking only honest, self-motivated people with a desire to work in the home typing and data entry field, from the comfort of their own homes. The preferred applicants should be at least 18 years old with Internet access. No experience is needed.
However the following skills are desirable
Basic computer and typing skills
Ability to follow instructions
Computer with Internet access
Valid email address
Basic typing skills
Basic Internet knowledge
If you fit the above description and meet the requirements please apply at:
Please only SERIOUS applicants.
There was an email address, so I sent a letter of interest.
An hour or so later, I was delighted to get a response. I was hopeful that I had been hired because after all, it said no experience required. I work online for a living, so let’s face it I am overqualified for this job!
Here was the response:
Nice to see your mail. The job you enquired about is a legitimate work which can be done sitting at your home, and is offered World Wide. It is very simple and easy job where you will be processing the e-mails which are sent to your account and the payment is done directly to your online account (like Pay pal, Storm pay or E-gold) or to your local bank account. You will be paid $15 – $20 per each assignment. You can easily make around $300 – $500 per week depending upon the amount of time you spend .There are only few positions available for this job as we are selecting people who come on first come basis. The training materials are sent to you directly to your account and you can start the work the same day once you receive the materials. And the amount of time you work is entirely up to you. The most interesting thing about this program is you need not wait for the companies to pay you till the end of the month as you receive the payment for each application you process. If you are serious about the job we request you to visit the site below: http://www.nottherealwebsite.com/folder/index.html
Please copy the address given above and paste it in a new page in order to view it. And if you have any further queries please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The first thing I noticed was the title of the website: Type at home, make money through data entry
I thought this was a job as an Email Processor? The email said nothing about data entry or typing. As you all know based on my previous investigations, data entry/typing jobs are one of the biggest scams around. If this weren’t an investigation, I would run fast right now. But for posterity, I will continue.
The first paragraph is:
DEDICATED MEMBERS REQUIRED FOR A HOME BASED DATA ENTRY WORK ABOUT THE DATA ENTRY WORK
Home Based Data Entry Position is a great opportunity for stay at home moms, dads or anyone who wants to work in the comfort of your own home. Work at home online at your comfortable time and With this you can generate enormous income for your needs. There’s no calling stranger or stuffing envelopes as in other home based jobs. No taking surveys or anything like that, just a legit way to make money using your computer at home.
These Home Data Entry Positions should earn *$300.00 – $500.00 per week depending on your hard work. We are seeking only honest, self-motivated people with a desire to work in the home typing and data entry field, from the comfort of their own homes.
There are spelling and grammatical errors (this from someone who is supposed to be hiring you to type accurately for them). The next part is a repeat of the “requirements”.
Training: The training materials will be sent to you once you fix up your mind and decide to work which will give you step by step instructions on how to get started. After you receive your training materials you may begin working the very same day. YOU WILL RECEIVE YOUR TRAINING MATERIALS VIA YOUR E-MAIL. This work from home opportunity is totally legitimate and how successful you are once again only depends on the time and effort you put forth on your end. There is no special software required for this position.
You will be paid *$10 – $20 for each application you process. For example; if you process 30 applications in a week you will make *$300.00 – $600.00 weekly. The amount of money that you earn is entirely up to you, it depends on the amount of time and effort you choose to put forth. The average person makes $300 – $500 per week. You will be responsible for keeping track of your earnings for tax time, as we do NOT take out any taxes and that is entirely your responsibility.
Method of Payment:
You will receive your pay through Paypal, Strompay or E-gold depending on your choice. You are not going to be paid on a weekly basis, you will be paid for each application that you process.
There is a “One Time Non-Refundable Fee” of $ 17.00 only. This cost will cover the training materials sent to you. Once you process your very first order you will have made back this fee “GUARANTEED”!
Please understand that as much as we would like not to charge this small processing fee, we must protect ourselves from those who are not serious about this work at home opportunity.
No business can afford to cover administrative costs, wasted time or provide costly materials to everyone who inquires about this position. This small fee assures us that you are serious about working from home and covers the Training Materials charge as well.
Once you have processed your first application you will have already made back the cost of the Training Materials. When you receive your Training Materials, you may begin working the very same day.
Frequently Asked Questions FAQ)
1) How long is the training?
Most applicants typically complete the training within 24 hours or less. However you can do this at your leisure; take as long or as little time as you would need.
2) I don’t live in the USA can I still do the work?
Yes! You can do the work from any part of the World. The only countries we do not offer our services to be: Cuba, and Afghanistan.
3) What kind of orders am I processing?
They will vary depending on the type of client you will work with (to be covered in the training materials, but do NOT involve anything illegal or pornographic in nature). Also to process just one order usually takes about 15-20 minutes per order submitted.
Once you have accepted the orders you want to process you will need to respond to process them promptly, so before you accept a task be sure you will follow through as there are deadlines to meet.
4) Why is there a Fee?
We have to cover our expenses in recruiting individuals, processing their applications and training you. Compare us to other staffing firms, they take a percentage of your pay for the duration of your employment with their clients. That’s a lot of money! We require a low one time non-refundable fee of $17.00 and no other fees are incurred upon you.
The position for Home Typist requires you to have a computer with email access. You will need this to keep in touch with clients. Printers are not at all required but can be helpful for you to print out important documents and cash revenue. You can begin working full time or part time, the choice is up to you. To work full time simply put more hours into your work and you will have a greater income. You will need minimal typing skills for this position. You will be processing orders from your own computer via your email.
The Training Materials give you the step-by-step instructions on how YOU get started. When you receive your Training Materials you may begin working that very same day. Once you have processed your first order you will have already made back the cost of your Training Materials. “YOU WILL BE RECEIVING YOUR TRAINING MATERIALS THROUGH YOUR E-MAIL.”
This work from home opportunity is legitimate and how successful you are only depends on the time and effort you put in. We are here to help you get started and answer any questions that you may have. If you are serious, and are willing to put forth some time and effort, then we look forward to hear from you.
Home Based Data Entry Team
I love how they use the classic excuse for why they would charge a fee for something that’s supposed to be a job, “Please understand that as much as we would like not to charge this small processing fee, we must protect ourselves from those who are not serious about this work at home opportunity.”
Let’s see what this “Data Entry Job” really is. I clicked on the PayPal button and was taken to an error page at PayPal saying, “You have requested an outdated version of PayPal”. Not a good sign, but for the purposes of this investigation, I’ll just go to the PayPal main page and make a payment. I paid the $17, and now I wait.
I paid the $17 fee through PayPal. The thing is, my PayPal account is through my work email address, which includes the domain name, 2work-at-home.com. No sooner had I sent the payment, than it was refunded along with this response:
Once the vacancies are available we will inform you.
I had the sneaking suspicion that it was because the person saw the email it was from and worried that I was investigating them.
But as clever as it was to immediately refund my money, they don’t know who they’re dealing with! I signed up for a new PayPal account using my personal email address and sent another payment. This one was not refunded (big surprise), however I didn’t receive the “Training Materials” that the website had promised. You may recall this from the website:
“YOU WILL BE RECEIVING YOUR TRAINING MATERIALS THROUGH YOUR E-MAIL.”
The payment was sent on July 9th. On July 15th I emailed them asking for the training materials to be sent. No response. On July 26th I emailed them again. No response. Hmmm…I think I just got scammed!
Companies do not hire people as “Email Processors”. If you see these ads, run. Run far and run fast.