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Work at Home data entry jobs in the UK

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A home data entry job can help you earn extra cash


Data entry jobs are becoming the envelope stuffing work of the digital age. There are thousands of data entry vacancies advertised which only earn money for those promoting it and not those actually working at it.

Some data entry scams ask for a set up fee and some don't, but all these data input 'jobs' offer the scammer the chance to rip you off in a variety of ways. They prey on people who are looking for ways to make money from home and promise much but deliver little.

Most people's idea of a data entry job is one where you get paid for inputting information into a PC, either by the hour, per page, word or whatever. This kind of legitimate data entry work is very difficult to find to do on a work at home basis.

There are plenty of real data entry jobs, for example entering invoices into Excel or accounts packages, but they are largely office based and not offered to those working at home. Plus such employment doesn't generally pay a great amount - usually minimum wage - not the hundreds a day offered by data entry job opportunities.

If you are looking for a way to earn money from home take a look at some of the other ideas on this site. There are no get-rich-quick schemes, but there are genuine ways you can make a reasonable extra income by working from home.

Are all data entry jobs legitimate?

man on laptopUnfortunately, there are a lot of dodgy dealers offering data entry work from home. These will not only fail to earn you extra money, they can also end up costing you.

If you are searching out ways to make extra cash, you might see a small advert that promises big earnings for data entry work done at home. The ad will take you to a page that confirms you can make lots of money by just sitting at your PC and doing a little typing for a few hours a week.

Why such huge amounts of money are available to anyone with no specific skills other than basic typing is not generally explained. However, all will be made clear once you sign up for that so-called high-earning data input job.

Just to make sure you are serious, there will probably be a sign-up / registration / joining / admin fee. This tends to be accompanied by all sorts of guarantees and money-back promises, but once you've parted with your cash, getting it back is often impossible. Alternatively, you may be told you have to purchase special software before you can start earning. This will be accompanied by promises of work you can do once you've paid the scammer for the software.

Once you've bought the software, the promises of work vanish, plus you have given the scammer a load of money and your credit card details!

Warning - avoid data entry opportunities that want you to send money up front. You are the source of income!

Data Entry scams

A 'money mule' is the web version of the drugs mule - someone expendable who is pressured, tricked or bribed into carrying out illegal actions at no risk to the criminals higher up the chain. In this case, it involves making money transfers for funds that have been obtained illegally.

web scam and mule tag cloud

You might get an email offering you part-time work as an administrator, executive, representative, manager or similar. You will be offered the 'amazing chance' to earn money for processing payments which for some plausible sounding reason needs to go via your bank account.

Warning !

It will often refer you to a professional looking website which might have a similar name, or domain to a well-known and legitimate company or bank.

If you give your new 'employer' your details, be prepared to watch your identity get stolen, your bank account get emptied and yourself possibly facing criminal charges.

Some victims of this data input scam have gone ahead and received payments into their account, which they then forwarded on after deducting a commission as agreed with the 'employer'. Job done - except that they find out later that the money that passed through their account came from an illegal source, leaving them liable to repay it, or face criminal proceedings. The money that passes through your account can arrive there as a result of all kinds of fraud: stolen or hacked credit cards and bank information, phishing, phoney websites and fake auctions.

The end result is nearly always the same. After you have transferred the money (usually to Eastern Europe) and the criminals have vanished from the scene, you'll be left to deal with angry people who've been ripped off. Then it's likely the local police and the fraud department of your bank will be involved, and consequently you may have your account frozen and/or your money impounded!

As so often with scams, the people who get tricked are the vulnerable: the unemployed and desperate for cash, the elderly and housebound, etc. Our advice is don't get involved with anything of this nature - if you are offered any kind of unsolicited business opportunity or employment, it's practically guaranteed to be a fraud.

If you're looking for ways to make money on the web, the key is to research in depth before you make any commitment or investment. Search the company and site name online and talk through the idea with family and friends before you do anything.

girl thinking about data entry job

Not many home data entry jobs are what they're described to be. Do your research carefully to avoid losing money and wasting time.


What about free 'data entry' jobs?

The 'free' work from home data entry jobs are generally just affiliate programs under one guise or another, where you have to pay to advertise on search engines to try and get sales for whatever the product is (e-books are popular as are diet and health pills,etc.

Advertising seller looking happyYou'll be given a link or 'landing page' and earn a commission on each sale made from that page, but you'll find that it's very difficult to turn a profit after paying for the ads. The seller of the product however is in a win-win situation, as you are paying per click but he is only paying you per sale.

In effect, although you are not paying to sign up, you are still paying the seller's advertising costs. He doesn't care if you lose money on a pay-per-click campaign as he is only paying you after he has collected money for the sale.

For example - if you are making £10 per sale and the conversion rate is 1% (1 out of every 100 people that arrive on your site or landing page makes a purchase) then you can only turn a profit if you are paying less than 10p a click to get the visitor to your site. In practice conversion rates (sales) can be much lower, making a profit very difficult to achieve. Most people give up after spending a few days or weeks at it, and lose money from the experience. The 'data entry' company is happy though, because you've paid their advertising costs for them.

Additionally, many so-called data entry jobs ask for an up-front fee for registration, making this a great earner for the seller but a quick way to lose money for the victim!

Again our advice is to thoroughly research the company you are looking at, and do not pay any up-front fees. Google the company name then google it again with 'sucks' as part of your query string - you'll be amazed at what can turn up.

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