In the digital age, where remote work opportunities are on the rise, data entry jobs have become popular among individuals seeking flexible employment.
Unfortunately, as appealing as the promises of high pay, flexible hours, and easy work requirements may sound, they are not real.
This article aims to shed light on the prevalence of data entry jobs scams, using my personal experience as an illustrative example.
How it started
I was looking for part-time work-from-home jobs for extra income and came across a lot of job postings on websites about data entry jobs.
However, I never truly believed what they were offering was possible and knew it was a scam.
I started my research on this job profile to figure out if there were any legitimate sites offering the same job.
Essentially, every search ended up with red flags.
One day, I came across a Quora post (something similar to this one) suggesting that the website rojgaarbharat.com was a legitimate data entry jobs provider.
If you go through the profile though, you’ll notice it has only 1 post and 19 answers to questions. All advertising this website.
It’s safe to say that this account was created to promote this website rather than share genuine reviews.
You’ll see a lot of profiles doing the same thing.
Anyway, I checked the website and found their video on YouTube.
This video had comments like, “thanks received my payout”, “upgrade my plan” etc. Again, the same tactic as Quora.
I then checked their project plans, and the basic one was ₹290/month.
Essentially, what I thought to myself was, how about I just pay the ₹290 and see what happens.
If it turns out to be a scam, then at least I’ll know. And won’t indulge myself in these in the future and I can also alert the general public about it.
On the other hand, if it turned out to be legit, I could make it a source of passive income.
So this was kind of like a win-win if you think about it optimistically.
Well, it turned out to be a scam, and here’s what happened:
Got the confirmation email
After making the payment, I sent these guys a screenshot of the receipt and received this confirmation email from them along with a folder with jpg files whose text needed to be converted to Word.
Folders were sent to me almost every day
They started sending me emails with similar folders attached almost every day.
Some of the files were duplicates but I continued with the work.
Emails Stopped Abruptly
To conclude, don’t indulge yourself in these scams and keep the below points in mind when searching for these types of part-time jobs:
- Every legitimate organization will always ask you for your ID proofs (PAN card, Aadhar card, etc.). If an organization doesn’t need one, that’s a red flag.
- No organization will ask you for money in exchange for work.
- Don’t trust positive reviews by individuals on YouTube, Quora, or any other social networking website. It’s very easy nowadays to create several fake accounts and post anything, anywhere.
By familiarizing yourself with the warning signs, conducting thorough research, and exercising caution, you can protect yourself from falling victim to data entry job scams.
Stay vigilant, most importantly trust your instincts, and empower yourself with the knowledge to navigate the digital job market safely.