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So, I've been working on this blog now for more than 200 days and I'd like to think its reach has exceeded my mother, my wife and my kids if they get on the iPad when they're not supposed to.

We all like to feel somewhat important. That's why the below spam email is so onerous as it plays to our vanities. It tells me that I've been selected to a "Who's Who" guide but in reality, this is a money-making venture from those sending it.

There is story after story on line about these. In fact, it has its own Wikipedia page detailing how if you play along here and give them your information (which you know I recommend you never do to anyone you don't know and to any entity unless you've initiated the contact), you'll eventually be charged for a copy of the vanity publication or for posting your information somewhere. 

Eventually, you're paying. If you want to market yourself, there are a world of free opportunities these days on social media. Better to go in that direction than to pursue this.

As a complete aside that makes me think this is more scam than just spam, at the bottom of the email was some random text from Dickens' "Great Expectations." My high school English teacher would be proud that I remembered the character, Pip. No idea why those lines would be there, but it made me chuckle nonetheless.

Just hit delete and remember, if you want to be recognized as a spam/scam fighter, send me any email you want to warn your neighbors about (mailto:aschrager@wisctv.com) and I'll make you famous... at least with my mom, wife and kids.

Take care,

Adam

From: Exclusive Invite [mailto:exclusive.invite@globalbussdirectory.pw]
Sent: Wednesday, September 03, 2014 1:30 AM
To: Adam Schrager
Subject: Your Personal Invitation

Hello,

As you are more than likely aware, you were recently selected
for inclusion in the new 2014 edition of the Who' s Who Among
Executives and Professionals.

Despite our efforts, we have not yet received confirmation of
your biographical profile, and are reaching out to you again
in an effort to do so.

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