First of all, let me tell you about the place on the internet where you can get Legitimate Work without paying any registration fee.
Freelancing Sites are the best place where we can get online work. These sites are online markets where some people sell Services and others Buy them. Freelance sites give the power to Employers to hire job seekers on the internet. These job seekers will work for the employer via internet and after the completion of work the employer will pay the employee.
Lot of users are now making their living via working at these sites and guess what, they are doing this from the comfort of their homes. Users can do this work from their homes or while traveling or even if they are gone camping : )
If you want to know about these freelance sites [like: Links to these sites, registration process, how to apply for jobs, how to communicate with employers etc] then please read this guide.
Note: Content of this page will help you understand what kind of data entry jobs you should do and which work needs to be avoided.
Data entry work is the easiest of all but unfortunately this category contains the most number of non-legit projects that one can find in any category.
This really is unfortunate as lot of new comers are trapped in this spamming work: these non-legit projects are opened by some people who do not respect the Law and Rules. These people want to damage other sites via their spam work.
What kind of Spam Work am I talking about?
There are many different kinds of non-legit jobs in the data entry category. I will try to explain about few types: once you get the main idea, you will then be able to distinguish between legal and non-legal jobs:
Captcha Entering Jobs
This is the worse kind of spamming job that one can find in data entry section. Do you know what captcha entering actually means?
There are many online spammers who are actively working on the development of new and improved spam tools: instead of doing any useful work, they are wasting their time in the development of bad products. One of these products is used in captcha entering jobs.
What really happens in this work is that: you are required to use a simple tool to create 1000′s of accounts at some site. Many spammers want to create these accounts at email related sites like Gmail, Hotmail etc.
During the email registration process, Gmail and other sites require us to enter few characters or numbers from an Image into a small box. This is called Captcha protection. These sites use this protection to protect their systems from abuses from spammers. What abuses?
If a person starts to create 1000′s of email accounts at Gmail or any other website, then this will be an abuse. Gmail is not offering their useful services to people who want to create huge number of mail accounts which they can then sell online to other spammers who will then use them to send out Spam Emails to different people.
If Gmail removes the Captcha protection then spammers can simply use their tools to create hundreds of accounts in few seconds. Their tools are designed to fill up the email account form/fields automatically with random information.
But with the Captcha protection ON, their tools cannot proceed in the registration process unless someone manually enters the characters/numbers from the Captcha image. Here is when these spammers need other people to help them.
They open projects in the data entry category and normally hire New Comers. Users are given some tool which they need to run on their PC: this tool Runs the Spam work in the background and then asks the user to enter the required Captcha information into a box.
I am explaining all this spam process in detail as I want New Comers to understand what non-legit work is so that they can avoid it.
Please note that: I have only mentioned the creation of Email accounts via automated process: there are many other types of captcha jobs where you may be required to use automated process to create accounts at other sites. Do not take any project where you are required to create accounts at any site using automated process. Some spammers may even ask you to create accounts manually: these are also non-legit projects.
Please remember that online earning is just like working at any office: we all have to respect the Rules and Regulations of all sites that are involved in our work. We cannot do any job that will violate the Terms of Service of any Website or Company. Here is another example of non-legit job:
Posting Ads at Craigslist or similar sites
Craigslist is the top site on the internet where users can look for office jobs. Unfortunately, some spammers use this site to advertise their products/services or they may want to use this site in a manner which is not allowed according to the rules of Craigslist. You will see some projects under the data entry category where you will be required to do ad posting at this site. Before you do any kind of job, read the Terms and Conditions at Craigslist or at any other site where you are not sure if the work you are given is legal.
Sending Out thousands of Emails
This is another type of a non-legit job. If you see a project where you are required to send out 1000′s of emails to unknown people then most probably this will be a spam job. People buy and sell list of Email Accounts that have been gathered from the internet. Then some spammers use this list to send out advertising or scam emails.
Before you take up this kind of work, find out how the buyer got this list of emails and does he have the required permissions of the recipient.
There are many illegal jobs that are posted everyday under the data entry category: if you know the basics and always respect the rules, then you can easily avoid spam jobs.
No matter how much money is offered, Always Say NO to non-legit jobs. Spam work is a Crime: stay away from such work. Say No to SPAM and Only Earn Legit and Clean Money.