Who's Who Of Who's Who Scams

14 May 2009 | Scams

I received a letter in the mail today from Cambridge Who’s Who. The letter stated that I had been “appointed as a biographical candidate to represent Duncannon, PA in the 2009/2010 online Cambridge Who’s Who Registry among Executives and Professionals.” The letter goes on to say that I have been chosen based on my current position and that inclusion in the registry is free. In order to complete my listing, It stated I could fill out a form online or send in an application that was provided with the letter. Needless to say, I was very skeptical from the start.

Cambridge Letter
Cambridge Letter
Cambridge Application</a>
Cambridge Application

A quick Google for “Cambridge Who’s Who” returned 79,100,000 results. Third from the top was a great blog entry from Writer Beware Blogs! entitled “Beware Who’s Who Schemes”. This post list several Who’s Who scams including:

And of course, Cambridge Who’s Who.

While that was enough for me, I decided to do a little bit more research. The next place I went was Ripoff Report. A search here returned 53 results. And next was a search on the Better Business Bureau, which showed 464 complaints in the last 36 months.

This is just a reminder to always be skeptical.

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