What is it about these ‘you’ve been chosen’ scams? They obviously touch some nerve by making us feel important.
Hot on the heels of the Australian Who’s Who fax scam I’ve been writing about I one of my co-workers got this email spam from Continental Who’s Who informing him that
You were recently chosen as a potential candidate to represent your professional community in the 2009-10 Edition of Continental Who’s Who.
We are please to inform you that your candidacy was formally approved November 23rd, 2009. Congratulations.
The Publishing Committee selected you as a potential candidate based not only upon your current standing, but focusing as well on criteria from executive and professional directories, associations, and trade journals. Given your background, the Director believes your profile makes a fitting addition to our publication.
There is no fee nor obligation to be listed. As we are working off of secondary sources, we must receive verification from you that your profile is accurate. After receiving verification, we will validate your registry listing within seven business days.
Once finalized, your listing will share prominent registry space with thousands of fellow accomplished individuals across the globe, each representing accomplishment within their own geographical area.
To verify your profile and accept the candidacy, please visit here [link removed]. Our registration deadline for this year’s candidates is December 31, 2009. To ensure you are included, we must receive your verification on or before this date. On behalf of our Committee I salute your achievement and welcome you to our association.
Nomination Committee Secretary
Continental Who’s Who
33 West Hawthorne Ave
Valley Stream, NY 11580
My colleague is most definitely a fantastic and professional worker but could ‘the Publishing Committee’ from this shonky organisation really know know all about his ‘current standing’ and his reputation from ‘professional directories, associations and trade journals’ ?