Today I received another solicitation to be included in a Who’s Who volume. This time it was Madison Who’s Who. As I have said before, this is nothing more than a solicitation of money in exchange to print your name somewhere. No prestige, no personal assessment of your achievement, is involved. Note the generic “Dear Candidate” at the beginning of this first (and apparently, indeed hopefully, final) invitation to register.
If you get an e-mail like the one below, delete it…
This is a final invitation to register, please respond at your earliest convenience. If you have already registered, thank you. You were recently appointed as a biographical candidate to represent your industry in the Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals, and for inclusion into the upcoming 2008-2009 “Honors Edition” of the registry.
We are pleased to inform you that on May 29th, your candidacy was approved. Your confirmation for inclusion will be effective within five business days, pending our receipt of the enclosed application.
The Office of the Managing Director appoints individuals based on a candidate’s current position, and usually with information obtained from researched executive and professional listings. The director thinks you may make an interesting biographical subject, as individual achievement is what Who’s Who is all about. Upon final confirmation you will be listed among thousands of accomplished individuals in the Who’s Who Registry. There is no cost to be included.
We do require additional information to complete the selection process and kindly ask that you access this form on our website by Clicking Here
Madison Who’s Who – 3001 Northern Blvd. 2nd fl. Long Island City, NY 11101
Madison Who’s Who is not associated or affiliated with Marquis Who’s Who or any other Who’s Who.