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Continental Who’s Who

Is this like some kind of new trend where there is a big market for networking/recognition type of events that people are actively trying to capitalize on? This e-mail was especially confusing as the wording sounded as if I somehow joined this.

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Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2008 16:18:59 -0400
From: Continental Who’s Who
Subject: alan your who’s who submission
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March 31st, 2008

alan yu, Welcome to our Canadian Inner Circle.

We are equipped and eager to direct clientele to you in vancouver. Our referral based program enables you to be reached by hundreds and thousands of Professionals along with your Peers with the purpose of doing business with you. We look forward to your imminent inclusion.

Our organization recognizes men and women who have achieved success in their respective fields. Continental Who’s Who is used as an outstanding professional resource throughout the World, providing a forum for Consulting, exposure and credibility.

Visit us at the address below and aquaint us with your History.

We look forward to your reply.

Very truly yours,

Brian Kelley

p.s. We are proud to invite you to our consortium.

33 West Hawthorne Avenue Valley Stream, NY 11580. Continental Who’s Who is not affiliated with Marquis Who’s Who or any publisher that uses the words who’s who in their titiles. Please withdraw my E-mail

Just like with that other offer I’m guessing there is some kind of sales pitch in all of this. Another thing that caught my attention is how all of these companies or organizations that are sending these unsolicited e-mails appear to be residing from New York. Is there like some kind of current government grant or incentive to encourage these types of start ups down there?

Similarly, they initially want you to fill out a form it seems with a bunch of personal information and the website itself seems to be pretty new considering the literature implies that the organization has been operating for awhile.

It’s kind of humorous how they mentioned that as a benefit of joining you can use them as a 3rd party endorsement for things like your resume or that you can announce your acceptance on press releases. Guess I won’t be receiving that prestigious plaque that they mentioned about as I’ll pass.

3 Comments to Continental Who’s Who

  • Got one of these, not this exact letter. I honestly cannot figure out what they could gain from this. They don’t seem to be selling me anything. I don’t get it.

    Sara 7/23/2008 12:41 pm
  • They most likely sell your contact information

    Jim 7/30/2008 12:40 pm
  • This is part of a network of “scammers” that go under various names but always with the “Who’s Who” part in the name. What they do is call you, conduct a superficial interview over the phone – don’t worry, it’s not one you can fail because they accept anybody’s money – and then charge you up to $1,000 for your entry in their register, though most have various levels of “membership” that can reduce that number. Any claims they make about improving your networking capabilities or anything along those lines are, as far as I can tell, completely baseless.

    Chris 5/4/2009 7:00 am

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