I urge you all to be cautious of scams, some are obvious, some less so.
There are a number of directory style scams e.g. Emmerald Who’s Who, which seems to be about massaging your ego and then asking for a membership fee.
Be aware of filling in forms with personal information, they could lead to an avalanche of sharp practice attempts.
For more info see http://www.scam.com/showthread.php?t=30426
The text of the above scam is reproduced below
Please note: we tried to contact you in several weeks ago, unfortunately we did not receive a response. You still may qualify to become a member and we are extending our invitation to you one more time. As a reminder the date below reflects the initial attempt to contact you. We are providing an additional 5 (five) business day extension through September 29, 2008.
I am pleased to inform you that today, June 30, 2008 Emerald Who’s Who for Executives and Professionals has selected you as potential candidate into our organization to represent Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom. Your professional experience with The University Of Sheffield as Professor has been recognized and has qualified you to possibly be included. Emerald Who’s Who is the authority for professional networking and recognition in virtually every industry across the globe.
Should you be inducted into Emerald Who’s Who, you will also be included in the 2008-2009 edition of Emerald Who’s Who for Executives and Professionals. This is an annual edition of accomplished individuals across the world.
Your inclusion into our organization requires that further professional information about you is provided within the next 5 days.
Please note there is no charge to be considered into the Emerald Who’s Who for Executives and Professionals.
We have provided the below links to help you submit your information quickly and easily. Both URL’s are the same, however should you not be able to click, please copy and paste #2. Please note your information will be encrypted and transferred safely over the Internet as we use, the leading security service for security and protection. Your information will also be protected once stored on our secure servers.
> Click on this hyper link
Or manually enter the below link into your web browser
2) http://www.ewwep.com/signup.asp?ID=URL TRUNCATEDII
While our editorial department is continuously working on publishing timelines, I cannot assure that you will be included in our next annual publication featuring all executives and professionals like yourself. If we receive your information in the next 5 days, we can still consider your submission.
Emerald Who’s Who for Executives and Professionals Inc.
954 3rd Ave, Suite 817, NY, New York, 10022
Emerald Who’s Who for Executives and Professionals is not affiliated with Marquis Who’s Who or any other Who’s Who organization or publication.
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