Received this spam from from Distinguished Professionals Online at firstname.lastname@example.org which claimed I’d be taken off the mailing list in 7 days if I didn’t respond. I didn’t and a month later, another letter.
I’m guessing that this is all designed to obtain my personal information at which point, who knows what would be done with it! Here is the letter:
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.
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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 Distinguished Professionals Online 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 Distinguished Professionals Online 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
Our registration deadline for 2011 candidates is January 31st, 2011. 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.
Vice President, Research Division
Distinguished Professionals Online
26 Bond Street
Westbury, NY 11542, USA
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