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  1. #1
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    Another "Professional Directory" scam??

    Anyone heard from "Who's Who among Executives and Professionals" about their "recent approval" for inclusion? Here's another iteration. Note the "nomination" from the "Publishing Committee," "approval" by "the Director," the very short deadline for signing up, the somewhat threatening disclaimer at the bottom, and the alarmingly vague kudos for being expert at nothing specific:

    Dear *****,
    You were recently chosen as a potential candidate to represent your professional community in the 2010 Edition of Who's Who among Executives and Professionals.
    We are please to inform you that your candidacy was formally approved April 9th, 2010. 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. Our registration deadline for this selection period is April 16th, 2010. 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.
    Sincerely Yours,
    Chris Jespersen
    Nomination Committee Secretary
    Who's Who among Executives and Professionals
    2631 Merrick Road, Ste 203
    Bellmore, NY 11710
    Confidentiality Notice: This e-mail communication and any attachments may contain confidential and privileged information for the use of the designated recipients named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you have received this communication in error and that any review, disclosure, dissemination, distribution or copying of it or its contents is prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please delete the communication and unsubscribe from the mailing using the options available in this email.
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  2. #2
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    Re: Another "Professional Directory" scam??

    The address they gave you:
    2631 Merrick Road, Ste 203 Bellmore, NY 11710
    is a real address, of a brank of the Chase bank.
    https://www.chase.com/ccp/index.jsp?...Branch_Locator

    A freestanding building, not a strip mall or a building even big enough to have suites in it, according to googlemap.

    Add to that what was already mentioned, the vague accolades of being great in whatever it is that you do, the deadline and the confidentiality mention, it all looks like a push to buy some over priced book that no one would normally purchase.
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  3. #3
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    Re: Another "Professional Directory" scam??

    Scam indeed! Imagine how wonderful I am to receive THIS approach within the same week! Everyone should be thrilled to know me...except that this is a sequential scam. Beware!
    One give-away clue in the text below: the "Dear ," is an exact quote: their mail-merge software didn't even insert my name. I wonder what THIS address really is?


    Dear ,
    You were recently chosen as a potential candidate to represent your professional community in the 2010 Edition of Emerald Who's Who.
    We are please to inform you that your candidacy was formally approved April 13th, 2010. 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. Our registration deadline for this year's candidates is May 25th, 2010. 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.
    Sincerely,
    Anthony Miller
    Vice President, Research Division

    Emerald Who's Who
    954 3rd Ave Suite 817
    New York, NY 10022-2013, USA
    Confidentiality Notice: This e-mail communication and any attachments may contain confidential and privileged information for the use of the designated recipients named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you have received this communication in error and that any review, disclosure, dissemination, distribution or copying of it or its contents is prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please delete the communication and unsubscribe from the mailing using the options available in this email.
    To remove yourself from future mailings, please visit here to use our automated removal system. You will be removed from our mailing database within seven (7) days.

  4. #4
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    Re: Another "Professional Directory" scam??

    Thrice Shy asks:
    I wonder what THIS address really is?
    954 3rd Ave Suite 817, New York, NY 10022-2013
    That is the address of "The UPS Store"

    I bet the 'suite 817' is really a personal mailbox there.
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  5. #5
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    Re: Another "Professional Directory" scam??

    Aha! Thank you for the info. VERY interesting!

    Beware,

    Thrice Shy

  6. #6
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    Re: Another "Professional Directory" scam??

    Professional Publishing Who’s Who of Executive Inc was established in June 2009. Its website is www.myprofessionalwhoswho.com And if you google “www.myprofessionalwhoswho.com”, you can find its domain registered on 5/29/2009 on http://www.nsspy.org/archive/domainc...-05-29/21.html Gustavo Ferreira initially bought the domain on 5th May 2009 so he could send the invoices and started making money.
    It is a fraudulent company owned by 27 year old Gustavo Ferreira and 25 year old Felipe Ferreira. In 2009, These two young fellows Gustavo Ferreira and Felipe Ferreira have managed to make over half Millions US Dollars. Since Gustavo Ferreira signed up the membership with International Who’s Who, he is the mutual member in “International Who’s Who Online Directory” www.internationalwhoswho.com . You can search his name and find his faked biography on 2008 Brazil. He is like a rat. He has stolen International Who’s Who Business without their consent and permission. So don’t buy anything from them and Do not sign any electronic signature such as Echosign Invoice!! Well, even if you have signed it, do not worry, just do the following step to get your full money back! Also please do not sign any shipment via DHL or UPS from Professional Publishing Who’s Who of Executive Inc.

  7. #7
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    Re: Another "Professional Directory" scam??

    Looks like they're trying even more 'flavors' through different names for the same specious phishing. I received these two 'invitations' in one week. At least this time they did use my name; some have been literally addressed to "_____".)

    Dear _____,
    You were recently chosen as a potential candidate to represent your professional community in the 2010 Edition of Who's Who among Executives and Professionals.
    We are please to inform you that your candidacy was formally approved July 12th, 2010. 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. Our registration deadline for this selection period is July 30th, 2010. 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.
    Sincerely Yours,
    Chris Jespersen
    Nomination Committee Secretary
    Who's Who among Executives and Professionals
    2631 Merrick Road, Ste 203
    Bellmore, NY 11710
    Confidentiality Notice: This e-mail communication and any attachments may contain confidential and privileged information for the use of the designated recipients named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you have received this communication in error and that any review, disclosure, dissemination, distribution or copying of it or its contents is prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please delete the communication and unsubscribe from the mailing using the options available in this email.
    We only support ethical email marketing. To remove yourself, please visit here to use our automated removal system. You will be removed from our mailing database within seven (7) days. 11701
    AND

    Dear ______________,

    You were recently chosen as a potential candidate to represent your professional community in the 2010 Edition of Emerald Who's Who.

    We are please to inform you that your candidacy was formally approved June 16th, 2010. 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 . Our registration deadline for this year's candidates is July 25th, 2010. 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.

    Sincerely,
    Anthony Miller
    Vice President, Research Division

    Emerald Who's Who
    954 3rd Ave Suite 817
    New York, NY 10022-2013, USA


    Confidentiality Notice: This e-mail communication and any attachments may contain confidential and privileged information for the use of the designated recipients named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you have received this communication in error and that any review, disclosure, dissemination, distribution or copying of it or its contents is prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please delete the communication and unsubscribe from the mailing using the options available in this email.

    To remove yourself from future mailings, please visit here to use our automated removal system. You will be removed from our mailing database within seven (7) days.
    Thanks

  8. #8

    Re: Another "Professional Directory" scam??

    I had another one of these two, a little more convincing in that it had some of my personal details right. However, the originating email address winepro@delialocal5.info does not look exactly plausible for "Eric Johnson Managing Director", and Google Maps street view shows the address 119 Chambers Street, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10007 as a 5-storey building making 15th floor a tad implausible. The "attached form" isn't there but the link on the email goes to a form requesting contact details on a site that has no other obvious content.

  9. #9
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    Re: Another "Professional Directory" scam??

    Intercontinental Registry Who's Who Scam Alert!!



    Back to June 2010, you received a call from Intercontinental Registry Who's Who Its name is very familiar with “International Who’s Who History Society” Well, The difference is that “Intercontinental Registry Who's Who” www.intercontinentalwhoswho.com is a fraudulent company owned by 28 year old Gustavo Ferreira and 26 year old Felipe Ferreira. What happened was that you received a call from a so called “editor” who wanted to go over your personal biography, at the same time, asked if you wanted to buy a copy of the registry directory. In the beginning, you might have the impression that was from the “International Who’s Who Historical Society” that you originally signed up for. However, that is not the case. Gustavo Ferreira is the mutual member in “International Who’s Who Online Directory” www.internationalwhoswho. . You can search his name and find his faked biography on 2008 Brazil. He is like a rat. He has stolen International Who’s Who Business without their consent and permission. You probably bought something from them. The invoice of the VIP Package would include the plaque and the book. So far you only receive a very cheap plastic plaque engraved by the director “ Phil Warfford” That person doesn’t exit on Intercontinental Registry Who's Who, In fact, he is Felipe Ferreira. And you haven’t received the books as promised. Oh, Yeah. Gustavo Ferreira and Felipe Ferreira are busy to print the 2010 books. Once you receive the book, you can find your biography is not exactly as it appears on www.interntaionlwhoswho.com . Obviously you paid for the wrong thing from the wrong company. And if you google “www.intercontinentalwhoswho.com”, you can find its domain registered on 6/25/2010 on http://www.nsspy.org/archive/domainc...-06-25/17.html Gustavo Ferreira initially bought the domain on 25th June 2010 so he could send the invoices and started making money.
    Would you let Gustavo Ferreira and Felipe Ferreira run away with $700,000(over half of a million US dollars)?
    There are few things you can do to protect your money.
    1st Step: Check on your credit card statement or bank statement from May 2009. If you find a charge on your account by “Intercontinental Registry Who's Who” file a charge back immediately with your credit card company. Remember put it as fraudulent charge. If you wired transfer money to their bank of America account, you have to contact bank of America and do the 2nd and 3rd step to get your money back.
    2nd Step: report to U.S Federal Trade Commission http://www.ftc.gov/ftc/contact.shtm
    3rd step: Report to F.B.I http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx
    4th If your credit card is VISA, Master, Dinner Club or Discover, please contact to Paypal about the scam https://www.paypal.com/ewf/f=sa_fake. Professional Publishing Who’s Who of Executives Inc has Paypal and American Express as their merchant accounts. If your credit card is American Express, please contact American Express http://www212.americanexpress.com/ds...cename=default
    Step 5th Contact Garry Salvit 1-718-544-8999(Owner of the building) inform him that Intercontinental Registry Who's Who. is a fraudulent company
    Company Information:
    Entity Name: Intercontinental Registry Who's Who
    Owner: Felipe Ferreira, Gustavo Ferreira
    Address: 107-06 71 Road, Forest Hills, NY 11375
    Telephone: 718-766-8836 Toll free: 347-332-6804

  10. #10

    Re: Another "Professional Directory" scam??

    The IP address from this sender is ip=108.60.159.180

    Probably Nigeria that's where I get a bunch of phishing spam from.

    I check sender ip addresses at the following link.

    http://www.reputationauthority.org/l...108.60.159.180

    Wed, 25 May 2011 19:57:49 -0700 (PDT)
    Return-Path:
    Received: from n.socialsources.info ([108.60.159.180])
    by mx.google.com with SMTP id a2si1191064ybf.97.2011.05.25.19.57.49;



    Harmony to me

    This is the final notice regarding your inclusion within the 2012 Edition of Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals. We have sent you several emails requesting your inclusion, and so far we have not received any confirmation on your biographical proof.

    Most individuals look at the Who's Who as the world's premier source for networking. Our professional network of trusted contacts gives you an advantage in your career, and is one of your most valuable assets. The Who's Who exists to help you make better use of your professional network and help the people you trust in return. Our mission is to connect the world's professionals to make them more productive and successful. We believe that in a globally connected economy, your success as a professional and your competitiveness as a company depends upon faster access to insights and resources that you can trust.

    We urge you to click here and fill out the appropriate information in order to get the biographical process started. There is no cost or obligation to be listed.

    Best of luck in all of your future endeavors,

    Click Here to move torward your SUCCESS


    Harmony
    Managing Director

    Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals
    119 Chambers Street
    15th Floor
    New York, NY 10007
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