I’m not even sure where to start without sounding like a broken and aged record. Blog upon blog has been written about all the “Who’s Who” scams, and yet these companies continue to mass snail mail anyone that’s ever been associated with any type of business. (Specifically publishing and executive types.)
It’s the same banal song and dance every year-Google Biltmore, and you’ll find all sorts of scam information. There are a variety of bloggers who have been writing about it dating back to 2006, 2007, 2008, and now 2009- but it isn’t just Biltmore, you’ll find plenty of other “Who’s Who” scammers out there.
The letter starts out by branding you as one of the chosen few, “a potential candidate to represent the professional and business community of (insert your hometown and state here) in the Biltmore 2009 Honors Edition of Who’s Who Among Executives and Professional Women.” (In my case- or doctors, entrepreneurs, prostitutes, pimps, drug dealers-you get the picture.)
The next step is to tell you that your candidacy became effective on so and so date, and that your confirmation will be “validated” when you send in the receipt-and oh yeah, there’s no cost! No big red flag there, is there? Just to make sure they secure a place in the hall of legitimacy, they list their website, mailing address, and phone number. This is probably a big mistake on their part. The website screams fraudulence. (If you don’t believe me check their website, http://www.biltmorewhoswho.com/)
You seriously expect me to believe Peyton Manning and Matt Damon are clients of your little known business in Hollywood, Florida?
While this hoax is somewhat amusing, and even partially hilarious, it is even more insulting. In the publishing industry, at this point in my career, I may be considered an “amateur,” but I am no idiot. I pride myself on my in-depth research skills and a marketability towards a targeted audience. It’s something any professional would take the time to do. It’s also clearly something Biltmore does not do. We’re on the same page here right?
Quite honestly, I’m surprised so many of these bloodsucking parasites are still in business with the wealth of information the internet provides. However, if they wish to continue on with their slimy business transactions, they might want to consider researching who they send their trash to in the future, lest their company wind up in the recycle bin right next door.
FYI-For all my fellow writers out there, be sure to keep a constant eye out for all the “writers beware” blogs. They have a knack for sniffing out all of the BS.
Until next time,