Originally Answered: Has anyone here ever joined a data entry company?
That is an interesting question, the more so that the "scam talk" you are referring to is unfortunately a sad reality. If you search the term "data entry" on any good search engine, you will get thousands of references to sob stories, most which are true.
That makes looking for a decent online data entry job a lot harder, which is why some Internet sites started offering their services to help serious job seekers, and again, the pirates played right into this market. A very reputable online search engine even banned advertizing for this market not so long ago to protect surfers.
On the other hand, if you know the real deal sites, there are opportunities galore, but you might find yourself losing mind boggling amounts of time just trying to find the most interesting sites to work for, yet another catch 22 situation.
My personal experience with this site has not left me disappointed: http://pinurl.com/online_jobs
I had to pay to become a member, but this has saved me countless hours of frustrating trial and error on hundreds of sites. Sorry, my opinion is biased in favor, I'm a fan, what else can I say? But I'm making good money, and that is what counts, isn't it? Good luck with your new online income endeavors!