Thursday, September 29, 2011

New scam spam? My recent nomination Into distinguished professionals suggests so...

Sigh.... Seems like there is always someone willing to prey upon the insecurities of those struggling to make a mark in (or even start) their careers. For fun, I'm copying the text of the message below. Then you can tell me if you think its a scam or not (links removed)...

"Dear Professional,

As you know, you have been considered for inclusion in the upcoming 2011 Edition of Distinguished Professionals Online, which is scheduled for publication in early 2011. Despite our efforts to contact you, we have still not received your contact information .

To reply with your contact information, please visit here.

Distinguished Professionals Online, publisher of over 350,000 biographies, continues to uphold its reputation as the world's foremost source for biographical reference, with an unmatched dedication to accurate biographical reporting.

The publication's editors are now assembling the biographical profiles of today's leaders from a wide range of professional fields into one comprehensive collection. Thousands of researchers at medical, academic, public and corporate libraries, as well as journalists and media professionals, rely upon Distinguished Professionals Online as a daily reference tool for obtaining information about the world's most experienced men and women. Inclusion in our directory is considered by many as a important mark of achievement.

You have already been selected based on your current professional standing. The information you provide will be evaluated according to the selection criteria Distinguished Professionals Online has developed over many years as the world's premier biographical publisher. If your data passes our initial screening, we will prepare your biography.

Please remember: Inclusion of your biography in Distinguished Professionals Online carries neither cost nor commitment on your behalf. Our goal with each new edition is to prepare a biographies spanning the spectrum of noteworthy and accomplished men and women across all areas of the professional world.

To be considered for inclusion in this prestigious registry, you need only provide the requested information by completing our online biographical data form.

To verify your profile and accept the candidacy, please visit here.

I congratulate you on the achievements that have brought your name to the attention of our editorial committee. I look forward to hearing from you.

Robert Patterson
Vice President, Research Division

Distinguished Professionals Online
26 Bond Street
Westbury, NY 11590, USA"

1 comment:

  1. I feel the same way about those Who's Who in for students, and I crushed one of mine by telling her it was a total scam that no one cares about.