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 Email…

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

Requirements:

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:

Hi Sharon,
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 companyxyz@somesite.com
Thanking You,
XYZ Associates.

At the Website…

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”.

More Details from the Website…

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.

Payments:
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.
Thank you,
Home Based Data Entry Team
XYZ Associates

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.”

I’ll Take the Job!

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:

Hi,
Once the vacancies are available we will inform you.
Thank 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!

Moral of the Story…

Companies do not hire people as “Email Processors”. If you see these ads, run. Run far and run fast.

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16 Responses to “Work At Home as an Email Processor!”

  1. Sharon says:

    Thanks for the warning!!!! I have been burnt tooooooooooooo many times in the past!
    .-= Sharon´s last blog ..God loves us…….Why? =-.

  2. Dhruv Chatterjee says:

    Dear Advertiser,

    Please advice on how to get started on your E-mail Processing job, from home.

    Please note, I am an English Copywriter based out of Muscat Oman.

    Looking forward to hearing from you soon,

    Truly,

    Dhruv

  3. sharon says:

    Dhruv, if you read the post you will see that it is not a job offer but rather an investigation that revealed it to be a scam.

  4. Harriett says:

    Does anyone know of a good free work at home job that isn’t a survey? Because those you have to spend money and I need to make money not spend money. Perhaps a typing or data entry job. If anyone can help I would appreciate it greatly.

  5. sharon says:

    Harriett, you have to be very careful when looking for “typing” or “data entry” jobs. Most advertisements you see on the web for this type of job are scams. A job should never involve a fee. There are companies that hire people to do specialized data entry from home. I have some of them listed here.

  6. Ralph says:

    Hi Sharon, do you have any jobs for me, i have internet connection at home, will wait for your reply. Please i need urgent job, working at home online,

    And Im really tired of finding a real job, some involve fee’s, surveys and scams. Yes im very hardworking person.

  7. Ralph says:

    Ohhh, Thank you Sharon, you are giving us warning about that kind of SCAM, as i read the entire blog, well my only question is, does we real have this so calles ” REAL ONLINE JOB – WORK AT HOME, it seems majority are scams, posting comments for people to beleive they are real,

    Again if you know any real job online just let me know, thanks for your concern, GOD will appreciate your efforts,

    GOD BLESS,

    RALPH

  8. sharon says:

    Hi Ralph,

    It’s difficult to make any recommendations to you without knowing anything about your skills and experience. What kind of work are you qualified for? What jobs have you had in the past and what are you looking for?

    There are many real work at home jobs out there. Surveys can be a way to make a few extra bucks, but you’re not going to earn an income with that. No real job should ever involve a fee. A business opportunity nearly always does, but not a job. Most of the work at home jobs I see fall into one of these categories:

    Sales
    Programming/Graphic Design
    Transcription
    Translation
    Writing
    Customer Service

    What many of these jobs have in common is that they are for very highly specialized skills (like transcription and translation) and require schooling or certification. If you have experience in one of these areas, that’s great– you’re ahead of the game. If not, you might consider taking some courses at a local college or online to get yourself the experience that’s required to be competitive in this job market.

    I hope this helps to point you in the right direction. Good luck to you!

  9. Ralph says:

    Hi Sharon,

    Thank you for your swift reply, that gives me a better explanations, most of them are scams, i want to submit my resume to you if you can recommend me, i know this is to much, but also im asking for a favor, like what i said most of the Jobs Online are scams. Can you please email me, on the email i provided to this site, and i will send my resume.

    Thank you

    Ralph

  10. Danny Younes says:

    Thanks for the heads up. I have been burnt in the past. Well you learn from your mistakes
    Danny Younes recently posted..Work At Home Online Renting Your Shares

  11. Louise says:

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  12. Alex says:

    My name alex hagab,i live in Abuja.Nigeria.iam very much interested in your emailproccesing job,i will like to have detail to detail info thanks

  13. Prieska says:

    Hi
    please help me im looking for work from home i have diploma in admin clerk and call centre certificate

  14. Salizwa says:

    Hi! My name is Salizwa, I live in Paarl an am very much interesed in your emailprocessing job give me details.

  15. israel says:

    hi sharon, i like d warnin u gave us. Pls i wil like u to give me any online money making business u knw or if there is any real email processin job. Tanks

  16. Sharon Kay (Dallas) Jacobson says:

    I AM INTERESTED IN DOING EMAIL. PLEASE, CAN U HELP ME? IT IS DIFFICULT 2 FIND JOBS THAT ARE REPUTABLE. THANK U ERY MUCH.

    Sharon Kay Jacobson

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