Data Entry Scams - Examples and How to Avoid Them

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There are a lot of job scams advertising what appear to be legitimate positions. Work from home data entry jobs are particularly appealing to scammers, who find many ways to make them seem real.

Data Entry Specialist Scam Example

This scam, which involved a lot of steps that would lead you to believe it was a legitimate job, was shared by a eader:

I recently separated from the service and had placed my resume onto the unemployment agencies website for my state.

About a month later, I received an email from, who was with the "Job Agency" saying I had a job interview with a women named Elizabeth Hayes ( for a position as a data entry specialist.

This interview was conducted via Yahoo IM (which raised a red flag, but due to the "reference from the Job Agency" I did not heed too much to my gut feeling). The company was called "Applied Business Solutions".

Training Program

They put me through a week of "training" which made me think that they were evaluating my work output, but really it is just to drag you further in by offering a kind of legitimacy to the company.

After a day or two of this "training" they send you a check in the mail.

The Money Part of the Scam

This "check" is your first paycheck and is supposed to pay for equipment needed to complete the tasks of the job. They wait a day or so after the check has been deposited to make you feel like it has been accepted and the funds are available (but some banks will grant you the money up front, even though the check has not cleared---like in my case).

They will then request that you send money to an individual (Brian Sizemore - in my case) via Western Union so you can receive your work supplies (he apparently will do a home set up for you).

You end up sending money to them, and the check they have sent to you to cover the expense ends up bouncing.

You are not only out the money you wired to them, but also any associated bank fees you are responsible for.

This is all a scam Please do not make the same mistake I did, do not let this "company" scam anyone else.

Scams vs. Real Jobs

I am thankful to the reader who shared this experience, as it shows that even someone who is aware of scams, and looking for signs of being scammed, can be fooled by these criminals. Remember to trust your instincts, and if something seems “off” about a position, do more research, especially before sending money in order to start a job.

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