My Recent Nomination Into Distinguished Professionals Online Leaves Me Unimpressed

Another week, another scam email. Here is the latest professional nomination variant hitting my inbox:

Dear ,

You were recently chosen as a potential candidate to represent your professional community in the 2010/2011 Edition of Distinguished Professionals Online.

We are please to inform you that your candidacy was formally approved March 15th, 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 and our online network.

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 online listing within 7 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 April 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,
Robert Patterson
Vice President, Research Division
Distinguished Professionals Online
26 Bond Street
Westbury, NY 11542, 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.

They went to a lot of trouble on this one as it was the first scam email I received with HTML formatting. Unfortunately for them, all the fancy HTML meant they forgot to put my name on it! I would definitely have felt special otherwise.

Some domain info on “newyorksamplesuite.com” for you:

Domain Name:     newyorksamplesuite.com
Registrar:       Name.com LLC
Protected Domain Services Customer ID: NCR-1248866
Expiration Date: 2011-01-07 20:57:24
Creation Date:   2010-01-07 20:57:24
Name Servers:
ns1.newyorksamplesuite.com
ns2.newyorksamplesuite.com
REGISTRANT CONTACT INFO
Protected Domain Services - Customer ID: NCR-1248866
125 Rampart Way
Suite 300
Denver
CO
80230
US
Phone:         +1.7202492374
Email Address: newyorksamplesuite.com@protecteddomainservices.com

You might notice that all of these domains are registered by protecteddomainservices.com. Perhaps protecteddomainservices should take the responsibility for their content as well?

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101 Comments

  1. Thanks! I just got this one in my spam and was loathe to open it. I’m glad I didn’t!

    1. 1. Distinctive building, building A or L.2. Small campus that we don’t have to walk too far to get the class.3. Convenient bus system to go everywhere.4. Most of the students are fashion and have individual viewpoints so that we can learn the differences and respect them.5. Exhibition and movies provided in the campus.6. The equipment is good.7. Many restaurants are near our school.8. Teachers are all nice and kind.9. Tissue paper provided in the toilet.10. We have the best design so that I can appreciate their goods.

  2. Hi there, just got this in my e-mail as well. Of course, the FIRST thing I did was look up it’s validity on the Internet and that’s how I found your post. Very grateful that you confirmed my suspicions.

  3. I appreciate your post, which I discovered after checking the reputation of this company. What a MESS!!!!!!

  4. Don’t these people have anything else to do. I find myself checking everything today. Too many scams… TC

  5. If everyone who receives this scam letter forwards it to the abuse department of the sender’s server and the recipient’s server the site should be closed. Another idea is to reply to their email form with a bunch of screibble, you own version of a “spam”, then they at least will have to look at all the rubbish that they have collected.

    Thanks for exposing them

    John Tunstill

  6. If everyone who receives this scam letter forwards it to the abuse department of the sender’s server and the recipient’s server the site should be closed. Another idea is to reply to their email form with a bunch of screibble, you own version of a “spam”, then they at least will have to look at all the rubbish that they have collected.

    Thanks for exposing them

    John Tunstill

  7. I thought this was a scam, and I was right. I always make sure that emails are what they say they are… Usually, if there is no phone number or 1-800 number I consider it as spam!

  8. As I understand it, they try and sell you upgraded listings or travel to supposed events, things like that. I plan to (fake) run through the process to see what actually happens.

  9. Just got my email. Since I have never had to or even thought of consulting Extinguished Professionals Online to check up on anyone else I figured this was an unnecessary intervention too. It’s just an appeal to gullible peoples’ vanity.

  10. I received a letter in the mail as well. So, it’s not just email.

  11. My husband’s favorite response to spam scams like these is to reply and then simply write “DEAR (whoever is signed), PLEASE EAT SHIT!!!” in the msg body 🙂

  12. Well — I don’t know about the rest of you , but I am a distinguished professional and deserve to be listed on this site. I’m signing up!

    1. Haven’t you heard of LinkedIn? If you really want to be listed somewhere, go there. DPO does not even have a website. Quite a networking facilitator! Don’t be so trusting and naive. They are flattering you to get private information about you which they will probably use against you. This is called phishing. Wake up buddy!

      1. Haven’t you heard of irony? Or in-character comments posts? If you really aren’t familiar with these concepts, go look at the comments in any of the Youtube videos from “The Onion”. Quite a collection of lulz! Don’t be so serious and grumpy. Hahn is using laughter to get the point across. This is also called sarcasm. Wake up buddy!

  13. Shouldn’t they already have all of you information if you have been approved for this recognition they so gloriously talk about.

    When does this scamming bullshit ever end!

  14. My application link came to my work email, which makes me wonder if it was sold by AmeriCorps Alumni network or Pearson Assessments corp. Both of whom I recently registered with. I imagine AmeriCorps would be tempted to sell contact info for the $$. But the Pearson sight required validation of credentials in order to purchase psychological assessments. Anybody else affiliated with either of these?

  15. Sounds far too similar to Cambridge Who’s who and their various other iterations that adorn the negative blog pages. One wonders how many name changes they can endure before the legal authorities step in? Is it a scam? Is the Pope a Catholic?

  16. Also got the email from these guys, but instead of my name it said Dear (my personal phone number listed). It’s funny how I was nominated to be a distinguished professional based off my phone number alone.

    Anyways my number is listed on my “contact us” page of my work site so a bot might have gotten it and sent out the spam.

    I filled out the info form with fake info and a spare email I use to see what spam I will get.

  17. I got the same letter. Just a different date and … a different domain name: photographydigitaldunes.com . I checked the who is database and this is what I got:

    Domain Name: photographydigitaldunes.com
    Registrar: Name.com LLC

    Protected Domain Services Customer ID: NCR-1248858

    Expiration Date: 2011-01-07 20:57:17
    Creation Date: 2010-01-07 20:57:17

    Name Servers:
    ns1.photographydigitaldunes.com

    REGISTRANT CONTACT INFO
    Protected Domain Services – Customer ID: NCR-1248858
    125 Rampart Way
    Suite 300
    Denver
    CO
    80230
    US
    Phone: +1.7202492374
    Email Address: photographydigitaldunes.com@protecteddomainservices.com

    It sounds familiar!! The guy/girl was busy and created two domains in less than 7 seconds he he

  18. Thanks for posting… i thought it was spam- and check it!

    I think we should start our own Club for Distinguished Professionals right? What do you say…Facebook Page?

  19. What I think is laughable is the ‘Professional’ piece of it ~~ think all of us are in the same profession? What do they define as ‘professional’? Doctor? Lawyer? Indian Chief? E-Bay Seller? At least the Cambridge’s Who’s Who notification led with the profession!

  20. I got one today, 4 yesterday and about 18 all week so far. Gmail spams them as soon as they come in, and I like to look at them. The content never changes, but the rubbish is all the same.

  21. funny! I just got another one as I finished the above post, I looked in my spam box and there it was…

    Dear Tim,

    You were recently chosen as a potential candidate to represent your professional community in the 2010/2011 Edition of Distinguished Professionals Online.

    We are please to inform you that your candidacy was formally approved March 15th, 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 and our online network.

    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 online listing within 7 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,
    Robert Patterson
    Vice President, Research Division

    Distinguished Professionals Online
    26 Bond Street
    Westbury, NY 11542, 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

    Funny stuff.
    They have sent them to all the emails I have at http://www.timmathews.com http://www.mojowebmarketing.com http://www.illdev.com and even http://www.thesportsmansedge.com
    I wonder if these people are just trying to get your information?

  22. This week they went so far as to call me and tell me I responded to their invite. I DID NOT and when I told the salesperson I didn’t respond, she went on to tell me I DID respond or … maybe someone in my office responded! I told her I didn’t appreciate her tactics lying to make a sale – to which she responded OK then – and hung up! YEAH!!

  23. Thanks everyone for posting about this. I received mine today. This sounds like a phishing version of “Who’s Who”.

  24. just got it, fun to see everyone else’s reactions. Now, if it’s online, where is the directory?? Why doesn’t it have its actual publication site listed, so we can view the august group to which we have been invited to be added? And, if we survive the rigorous vetting process, why do we need to put in all our information from scratch??

    YES! Let’s start a Facebook group!! Add to the corrollary “Any club that wants me as a member is probably a scam….” the new ending “but might be a valid Facebook page!”

    1. I got mine today, this time my first name is added after the word Dear. The main question is: if I was already nominated to be part of the distinguished group, why do they need very basic info such as my first, middle and last name, and occupation? if such info is not available to them, what is the criteria based on which they selected me or others?

  25. Just got mine today as well, and thanks to all of you for posting. Like you I also double check this stuff out before doing anything.

  26. Just received my own personal invitation – but I was suspicious so I looked up on the internet . . .thanks everyone for your postings . . .and most importantly – You are a distinguished professional in my book – to take the time to make others aware of this scam. Have a wonderful day – blessings, yrc

  27. I got it at my school email and looked it up on internet and came across this site. Figured it was a scam and don’t know how they got my school email…reminds me of all the junk I get from overseas advising me I’m beneficiary of millions of dollars, or the FBI is sending me info, etc. etc. etc. HOW do these foreign places get my email address..is nothing sacred or private anymore. I’m a professional but I don’t need their book to tell me so. Thanks for the info to us.

  28. Thanks for such sites as this. It sounds very flattering, but once you look at the registration form – as someone else already mentioned, shouldn’t they already have that information if I have been “nominated”?
    Thanks again.

  29. I’ve got mine too. Actually there is a web site with directory http://www.cambridgewhoswho.com where you can find interesting stories, but, if you look closer to details: http://www.cambridgewhoswho.com/MainSite/Candidates/CandidateFAQ.aspx you can find:
    Q: I received a letter from Cambridge Who’s Who among Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs. Does this mean that I am a member?

    A: No. Receiving a letter simply means that the Cambridge Who’s Who Marketing and Research Department has identified you as a candidate for the Cambridge Who’s Who Registry. You are invited to complete a phone interview with one of the Cambridge Who’s Who Account Directors, who will determine if you are qualified for membership.

  30. I received this one and glad you posted your comments. I also got the same scenario with “Who’s Who of Montclair” a couple of years ago.

  31. Here is what I received today:

    Recently you were selected as an inductee into the Distinguished Professionals Online Registry Among Executives. This selection was based on our research committees efforts to identify top professionals around the globe.

    Click Here
    Unfortunately, we did not receive your vital networking information. In the workplace it isn’t what you know, it’s who you know…and who knows you. Social and business networking is the modern standard in developing relationships throughout the world. The potential for recognition and building networks within a community of 400,000 working professionals in numerous fields on a global scale is unlimited.

    Consider this: if you make just one contact using the connections and visibility that Who’s Who provides, it will benefit you for a lifetime. As we are trying to build a comprehensive network of business professionals, there is no cost for your inclusion. Please click the link below to fill out your basic listing. Our community needs you as much as you need it.

    It is professional, accomplished individuals like yourself that allows us to offer the visibility and advertising potential that we do. Again, we do require additional information to complete the selection process and kindly ask that you access this form on our website by clicking here.

    Our registration deadline for this year’s candidates is August 31st, 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,
    Robert Patterson
    Vice President, Research Division

    Distinguished Professionals Online
    26 Bond Street
    Westbury, NY 11542, 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.

    Thanks for alerting me on this scam.

  32. Just received one this morning. Noticed immediately the “organization” was from my home town. Interesting however is they have teh wrong (VERY wrong) zip code as part of the auto signature.

    Hmmmmm….perhaps I shouldn’t respond.

  33. Yeah, I just got a reminder email telling me I “forgot” to verify my info and that they extended the registration deadline. Those knuckleheads don’t give up easily.

  34. “Knucklehead” is a word that really isn’t used enough these days. Really fits Bob Patterson though.

  35. Just got another “reminder” that I forgot to register…. had concerns the first time I got my invitation and am glad I researched a little harder. THANKS

  36. These ba$tards have been totally persistent with me, emails and phone calls. I don’t know where they got my number from. However after running through the schpiel about blah blah blah they told me I was legible to join their ‘platinum’ package – for $950 p.a. I told her where she can put that – and she had the balls to hang up on ME!?!

    Bunch of crazy assed scammers with too much time and information.

  37. I got the same email, thought it maybe a spam, scam they love the ego thing. Thanks for your posting on line.

  38. Hi, I just got this in my e-mail. The FIRST thing I did was look up it’s validity on the Internet and that’s how I found your post. Thanks Man !! 🙂

  39. I am a true distinguished professional, but I decided to take a look online to verify this publication anyway. Thanks for taking a sledge hammer and slamming my self confidence into the ground and disproving . You should have let me believe that I was being published somewhere in the online community as being the distinguished professional that I am.

  40. Just got my “Final Notice” from Patterson. Does this mean they’ll stop bothering me after this? Probably not…I’m fully expecting to get a “Really, really, really Final” notice in a couple of weeks!

    1. If my experience is any guide, you will receive many “Final Notices”. Likely they will not stop. The thing I like is each time my candidacy has been approved again, it is a new date from the previous email. Also the deadline keeps moving on into the future. The deadline in the current email is Feb 20, 2011. I recall a month or so ago receiveing one that was still pushing for candidates for the 2010 edition, and the deadline had been “extended” into January. What a hoot!

  41. Got to love a spam filter that recognizes this for what this is. Would have never seen it but for my compulsive desire to delete all spam from the folder on a regular basis.

    Reminds me of many hard copy Who’s Who scams from past years…..

  42. Add me to the list of “lucky” recipients. Who knew all you had to do to be considered a “Distinguished Professional” was to have a valid e-mail address???!

  43. I guess I am as lucky as the rest of you. I am also like the rest of you , in that I never give my information to just anyone without checking. I also do not need to be reconized for what I have done. All you had to do was to goggle the name. Snopes is also a good site for checking scams.

    Be careful !

    ~TurbO

  44. This one is better then then old-fashioned one that I used to get which was some variation of a “Who’s Who” Free to send the information, then $600 for the “Directory” that would sit on the desks of everyone dumb enough to buy one. I’m sure enough vain people fall for this though; otherwise, why would they continue. Now, I’ve gotta run. An attorney from London representing a dying man has contacted me and wants to put $2.5mllion in my checking account…and all I have to do is…

  45. I too am crushed to think that I am not special. Still it is fun to print it out to show my wife that I AM a distinguished professional, for which she used the paper to start a fire. Like Rodney Dangerfield – I get no respect! As I retire I may wish to develop my own line so I am taking notes on how to do it – so be prepared to be selected as a REALLY REALLY Distinguished Professional.

  46. Well done! Scams are for dreamers. Distinguished Professionals don’t need to be involved in this form of directory. Now, I wonder if this site is sponsored by Distinguished Professionals who will get us through the back door?

  47. Count me as a Disgusted Professional. I got the same line from Who’s Who and after finally hanging up on them after one of their many blind phone calls and many “this is your final notice”, they finally left me alone. The only thing you’d get out of any of this is a certificate in B.S.

  48. I think I am chosen on a weekly basis! Thank god they haven’t called. Too annoying! Thanks for blogging all your posts. It confirms my gut feeling.

  49. As a distinguished amateur, I immediately spotted this as a scam! Doh.

  50. Hi everybody,

    I am on the same situation.I received the ” Nomination of Candidacy..” for twice,but ignored for some reason.Two days ago I have received another invitation and, filing guilty and also kind of suspicious, I did some research thinking to sign it after all.At this point I am Glad that I did not completed/signed the form before…! Discovering you complaining here, was testing my suspicions and proving that this is fishing/scam!

    Thank you all!

    Anica I.

  51. I received one at work as well. I made the mistake of thinking it was something real without doing my normal fishing expedition first. After I put in my basic information I realized I was caught. I was called 2 days later by a Robert at Strathmore’s Who’s Who. I recognized the “Who’s Who” from when I was in HS many years ago. My suspicions were confirmed… a big book of names. I told him no thank you. 2 days or so later I got a call from Madison’s who’s who. I told them no thank you! I already told them at Strathmore’s I don’t want any. She said “I’m with Madison”. I said I don’t care who you’re with…I’m not interested!. I then filed two complaints with the BBB hoping they will get any information on me removed from whatever List they got me off of.

    What a pain in the a$$!

  52. They are at it again. Looked suspicious to me, googled it and hey preso its a scam. Thanks for keeping these warnings out there.

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