What Is Email Processing?

By Tim Mammadov

Technology has made it possible for regular computer users to work from home with only an Internet connection, doing jobs such as typing, freelance writing and online auctioning. However, it's easy to be lured into possible work-at-home scams, such as email processing. Although it sounds great to be able make a thousand dollars a day from the convenience of your own home, you might discover that this is just another scheme to get your money.

The Lure

You probably have received at least one spam email that describes an awfully easy job: process emails at home and make anywhere from $750 to $1,000 a day. The email doesn't explain what "processing" is but promises to give you this information as soon as you pay an enrollment fee, typically anywhere from $5 to $25. This alone should set off warning bells, as legitimate businesses generally don't ask you to pay money based on a vague promise of incredible profits.

The Job

After you have sent your enrollment fee to get your training kit, you will discover that the job consists of sending the same spam emails you responded to. The emails might advertise a different product, but you'll still need to send out hundreds, if not thousands, of spam emails.

The Pay

When you start sending the e-mails, you will notice that you don't get paid for each email, but rather for each purchase of the advertised product. With the vast variety of spam that hits our inboxes daily, it is against the odds that someone would even open the email you sent. And it doesn't take into consideration spam filters that would prevent your email from getting to a potential purchaser's inbox in the first place. Therefore, you would need to send out hundreds and hundreds of emails per day with no guarantee of getting paid.If a purchaser does respond to your email, in most cases the enrollment fee they would have to pay is the same as you had to pay.


You might be surprised that when you do get paid after a customer has made a purchase, the payment goes straight to your PayPal account from that consumer and does not come from the company that sold you the training kit. You then have to email the confirmation information back to the customer. This part of the job is also very suspicious, as legitimate businesses generally have confirmation systems in place, many of which are automated.


Legitimate enterprises that need help during mass email campaigns do hire help from processors but do not require an enrollment or training fee. The pay, however, would not be as unbelievably huge as promised by the email processing scams. To be sure you are not getting involved in a scam, research the company and product thoroughly. Also, start with programs that do not ask for upfront fees.

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