I have been seriously looking for other ways of earning online apart from academic writing. I figured that typing jobs wouldn't be a bad idea. A search on the internet returned cjinc.info as one of the search results, though a sponsored result. I immediately clicked on it and was excited to see their rates-US $ 2.5 to 5 per 1000 words for offline typing jobs and US $ 3.5 to 6 per 1000 words for online typing. That is an excellent rate by all means. I did quick calculations and figured that each day I would make a whooping $21 working for only 3 hours.
I am always wary of scams, there are so many of them online nowadays, and so I first checked for reviews on the site. There weren't many and so I went back to the site and analyzed it carefully using 'common sense'. First thing I noted was that the site had ads plastered all over. There was even a custom Google search feature. While I am not opposed to a site making money from adsense, this was the first warning sign for me. I have seen enough sites that will tempt you with job offers while their main aim is to drive traffic to their site so that they can earn from adsense, affiliate programs and other such gimmicks.
The second warning sign was unprofessional email addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. I cannot believe that in this day and age a company that wants to be taken seriously can use a free Gmail account instead of a business email.
The third warning sign was appalling grammar. English is my second language and so I cannot brag about my fluency and accuracy in English but trust me, I can tell appaling grammar from good grammar. Take for instance this section in which cjinc.info explains about the nature of their typing jobs:
"We don't ask about Investment to our freelancer's for getting the typing jobs to us, but we really expect in return to our freelancer's a good accuracy work.in borderline time period as per our terms . We are ready to pay best in the market for the same to you."One is required to complete a sample task before you can be considered for employment. First you have to select your country which I did after which I was redirected to a blogspot site-http://livedocuments.blogspot.com. Need I mention that the website was also plastered with ads?
Before I could be allowed to access the sample work, I was required to register-basically I was required to create a Paltalk ID and a job junction ID. I clicked on the "complete registration" link and was redirected to a different site, AGAIN. The site was creativejobsinc.blogspot.com. Here I selected my country after which I was redirected to a different site, AGAIN. The new site was http://www.offerkart.org/ and I was required to download a smilebox, whatever that is. Now, I do not just install every software that is on offer on the internet and so I figured it was time to quit my goose chase.
But before that, I went back to the 'complete registration page' and clicked on the link for creating a Paltalk ID and I was redirected to a blogspot site-work-nature.blogspot.com. Seriously? Why not paltalk.com?
I gave up at this point. I mean, why should I be redirected to 4 different websites, all of which are plastered with ads, before I can be allowed to register? All the sites are owned by the same person and I guess the owner is hoping that somehow you will click on one of the ads as you hop from one site to the other and possibly earn him some money through adsense.
I have to admit that that is a brilliant idea, but quite annoying for someone who is seriously looking for a job.
Please note that all the sites that you are being redirected to are blogspot blogs, free blogs for your information.
Make the judgement yourself. Personally I would not touch the site with a one foot pole. It shouts scam! I read somewhere that they could be getting people to register with their emails after which they could be selling the emails to marketers and this could not be a farfetched idea considering what I have gathered about this site so far.
Oh, and by the way if you do not create a Paltalk ID and a Job Junction ID using the links that they have provided, the links with the referral IDs, you might as well forget about that job-if at all there is any.