Strathmore’s Who’s Who is a Scam!

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Posted by Mr Spamalicious | Posted in Vanity Spam - Who's Who Directories, Awards and Other Ego Strokers | Posted on 09-04-2009

If I was the Global Whos Who Directory I’d sue these guys for copyright infringement. Fucking thieves. Definitely not joining their group!

It is my pleasure to inform you that on April 20th, 2009 your information was reviewed and accepted for inclusion in the 2009 edition of our registry.

Strathmore’s Whos Who each year, recognizes and selects key executives, professionals and organizations in all disciplines and industries for outstanding business and professional achievements.

This recognition is shared by those who have reached a distinguished level of success in their chosen profession.

Please take a moment to complete the invitation by clicking on the link below. We ask that you complete it carefully, as it will be reviewed by our editorial department.

www.strathmorewwonlineform.net

** Please complete the online link by April 30th.

Strathmore’s Whos Who is pleased to inform you that there are no fees or dues to be included in the publication.

On behalf of the CEO and our esteemed staff, we wish you continued success.

Sincerely,

J.M. Blakely
Vice President, Research Division

Strathmore’s Whos Who
26 Bond St.
Westbury NY 11590
Phone: 516-997-2525

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Comments (67)

Strathmore’s is a scam. I got suckered into joining and could not back out in 24 hours, which is the law. I tried to complain to BBB but they did not even respond. Maybe thery are overwhelmed with complaints about this outfit. $700 for 5 years I think it was. I sent back their framed wall thingy unopened to express my displeasure. I have not found one person in their directories I know. I have not had oen contact because of having my name there. On top of that 700 they called recently and wanted me to spend a further 200 on the directory. I guess not. Warn everyone you know about this outfit.

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I’ve been plagued with theses emails for the last 8 months or so – have block the sender, but they change the sending address and it’s not always Strathmore’s Who’s Who… now after deleting and ignoring their email I got this… which I think is VERY funny!! These weasles don’t give up easily!

Dear Janet,
As you know, you have been considered for inclusion in the upcoming 2010 Edition of Strathmore’s Who’s Who for Executives and Professionals, which is scheduled for publication in late 2010. Despite our efforts to contact you, we have still not received your contact information .
To reply with your contact information, please visit here.
Strathmore’s Who’s Who, publisher of over 350,000 biographies, continues to uphold its reputation as the world’s foremost source for biographical reference, with an unmatched dedication to accurate biographical reporting.
The publication’s editors are now assembling the biographical profiles of today’s leaders from a wide range of professional fields into one comprehensive collection. Thousands of researchers at medical, academic, public and corporate libraries, as well as journalists and media professionals, rely upon Strathmore’s Who’s Who as a daily reference tool for obtaining information about the world’s most experienced men and women. Inclusion in our directory is considered by many as a important mark of achievement.
You have already been selected based on your current professional standing. The information you provide will be evaluated according to the selection criteria Strathmore’s Who’s Who has developed over many years as the world’s premier biographical publisher. If your data passes our initial screening, we will prepare your biography.
Please remember: Inclusion of your biography in Strathmore’s Who’s Who carries neither cost nor commitment on your behalf. Our goal with each new edition is to prepare a biographies spanning the spectrum of noteworthy and accomplished men and women across all areas of the professional world.
To be considered for inclusion in this prestigious registry, you need only provide the requested information by completing our online biographical data form.
To verify your profile and accept the candidacy, please visit here.

I congratulate you on the achievements that have brought your name to the attention of our editorial committee. I look forward to hearing from you.
Sincerely,
J.M. Blakely
Vice President, Research Division

Strathmore’s Who’s Who
26 Bond Street
Westbury, NY 11590, USA

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Hah! That is rich isn’t it?

“We keep trying to scam you but you are not responding. Is something wrong?”

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You’re on a mailing list obviously. Also, if it’s not always Strathmore’s Who’s Who, why are you blaming Strathmore’s Who’s Who?

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I am surprised that you were dumb enough to give someone $700 for absolutely nothing. They must be pretty convincing.

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First off, I had looked them up on the net, and I only saw good things from fellow folks about them specifically in 2007. One of my colleagues went for it, and was very pleased. It’s helped him making connections. I would have loved doing that too…had I got the book I had paid for in the first place. When I looked a little more into it in 2009, a lot of negative reviews had popped up. Nothing but a bunch of THIEVES. Fellow thiefdom, Mr. Richardson, was all great until he got my money and then, I could not get a hold of him. I paid for the registry, which I never got. 2 years went by, and I was done. I filed with NY State Attorney General’s office (Bureau of Consumer Frauds and Protection), and notified FBI Fraud division & BBB. Once they got word of it, Strathmore’s got some arrogant bastard calling to confirm my address to send me the book… Unfortunately, about 18 months too late. He is forcing the issue within 40 seconds, and starts yelling at me. He tells me he is a lawyer and loses his cool. I reported him to the State Attorney General’s office as well, but things move slowly. So, I encourage anyone to grudge a formal complaint with the Attorney General there, and maybe you can add your complaint, so this thing can move and we can all get our money back from those THIEVES. Live and learn, but for the principle of it, I want to try to get my $1,200 back. Yes, $1,200! Dumb move, but as I said, I looked them up, and talked to folks who all felt good about it. Looking back, real dumb. But we all have 20/20 vision when the deed is done!

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I’ve been scammed out of $700+ and has reported it to my CC company. They review and reversed the charges and give me a new CC number. Then I’ve notice last evening, with no notice a new charge to my CC again. Called the CC company. They email me showing my CC number with my senior 83 year old father name address and DOB and personal info. I contacted a ms. Tena Wolff to clear up things and to explain its a fraud, she had an attitude and hung up on me. Now the CC company is calling it a friendly fraud……what the hell is friendly fraud?…..they’re all a bunch of F……thief’s…..but it’s not over.

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They are still at it. I received an honorary email followed bt 4 phone calls in 12 hrs. Couldn’t tell me why I was selected but I should feel honored and special to the tune of $700 for a five yr membership. This just felt like a SCAM even w an https addy. I am glad I held off on this ” honor.”

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People are entitled to there own opinions but not to there own set of facts. The fact is whoever wrote the above compliant obviously doesn’t know what the word SCAM means! A scam doesn’t deliver products! The person clearly stated they were sending back there wall plaque so obviously they recived something and I know they recieved more than just a wall plaque! A compnay that is a scam doesn’t have a B+ rating with the BBB as Strathmore Worldwide does!! A company that is considered a scam is not affliated with life lock!

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you people are crazy Strathmores is not a scam. I have been a member going on two years now great service great connections. Thank god I didn’t see this webite before i joined you guys are nuts.

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You ACTUALLY fell for this and gave them your money?

HAHAHAHAHAHAH!!

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No need to be mean. They feel bad enough already.

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HAHAHA who does that! How old are you??
My uncle has been published with the who’s who for many years. During this time he has recived multiple contacts and new business from using the service.

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I filled in their form and put their info. Maybe they will contact themselves and give themselves an award. It’s obvious to me they are getting their contact info from domain name registration whois directories. If you do a whois on Strathmore, you’ll see they like to move their domain name servers around often.

from whois:

Here’s what we know about eliteprofessionalregistry.com:

* 1 registrar has maintained records for this domain since 2010-07-20
* This domain has changed name servers 5 times over 0 year.
* Hosted on 4 IP addresses over 0 years.
* View 18 ownership records archived since 2010-07-21 .

Protected Domain Services – Customer ID: NCR-2637636
125 Rampart Way
Suite 300
Denver
CO
80230
US
Phone: 720-249-2374

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I’ve been getting this thing for about two years now – ever since completed my MBA. This tells me the school’s selling the info.

Here’s what I always do. (Feel free to enjoy!)

Whenever you sign up for something on line, you give them your legit email ( I use a secondary email for on line stuff – like Hotmail), but you give them a funny name. Personally, I have used the psuedonym ” Arturro Fartbaggio” and “Rollo Tomasi” several times. That way, when they sell your info, you know who sold it. Plus, it’ a good laugh when you open your email and see ” Dear Mr. Fartbagio” or “Rollo, we’ve been trying to reach you!”

On line fun.

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This isn’t even worthy of a response

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Wow,I’ve just been selected for the 2012 directory with that same follow up mail of we’ve been spamming you to phish your details and your weirdly not responding!?
I’m taking rollo’s advice,it’s silly name time!!;-)

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This Strathmore thing is ridiculous! I have been totally burned by this, and feel incredibly stupid for falling for such a scam. I have spent $1200, $550 of which was taken from my credit card without authorization, for a broken glass plaque and my picture on a site where I recognize NO ONE in my field. What a joke. I really want to do something about this to at least get my unauthorized money back, but I have no idea where to start.
My advice to anyone is DO NOT let them contact you!

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If you are dumb enough to give them your money, you deserve to lose it. Darwinism at its finest.

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Really, so thieves and crooks don’t have any responsibility? So if I can trick you into giving me money I’m entitled to it. That’s essentially what you’re saying. The money is going somewhere. So if the person being tricked deserves to lose it, then the scammer must deserve to receive it. That’s fucking retarded. It’s also a complete misunderstanding of Darwinism where the word “fit” doesn’t mean the ability to dominate, it means best suited for their environment so they have increased chances to procreate and for their offspring to survive. I bet Sherri is far more “fit” for this world than the scumbags running Strathmore.

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work with your credit card company as I just did for my senior father who was scammed and declared elder abuse. your CC company will review the charges, stop payment on any future charges, and reverse the charges.

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I’ve been scammed out of $700+ and has reported it to my CC company. They review and reversed the charges and give me a new CC number. Then I’ve notice last evening, with no notice a new charge to my CC again. Called the CC company. They email me showing my CC number with my senior 83 year old father name address and DOB and personal info. I contacted a ms. Tena Wolff to clear up things and to explain its a fraud, she had an attitude and hung up on me. Now the CC company is calling it a friendly fraud……what the hell is friendly fraud?…..they’re all a bunch of F……thief’s

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I don’t think it was Strathmore’s . They are pretty legitmate. I know people who have joined. You must be talking about Kipins WHO’S wHO.

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As long as people are stupid enough to give these people money, they will not be going anywhere. Send me $700 and I will put your name on a plaque and in a phone book. Idiots.

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And so you found this post completely by random. You weren’t curious and perhaps actually searched this term to learn more. Just accidentally ended up here and you have no idea how that happened. You sir are a fake and troll.

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you people are crazy it is NOT a scam they do not charge you to be in the book it was free for me and the man explained to me that what i was purchasing was a membership program. I have bebeen with them for two years now and love it alot of great connections and they have always been honest and direct I reccomrecommend it to everyone

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The only idiot is you because if you used the service you would see results!!!! Let me guess you have a lifetime membership to the Gym and you never went and you still haven’t shed the 400 pounds so let me guess it’s the gym’s fault. HMMMMM

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For kicks, I like to check out addresses on Google street view. It’s easy to find 26 Bond Street, Westbury, NY 11590. I particularly like the guy sitting on the office chair outside the front door, I think he is giving the Google car the finger!

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I was contacted several years ago by a rep from Strathmore – understandably, I was skeptical, but I was talked into an introductory 2-year membership. I don’t know why everybody here has nothing but terrible things to say, but honestly I’ve had nothing but positive results – and the plaque that people seem to be bashing has been nothing but a useful tool – when an average Joe walks into my store and sees it, it changes their view of my business. Regardless of how it was obtained, it seems to at least draw attention to me and my work. I’ve made a few real contacts through the membership, so maybe it’s a niche market depending on your field, but spending less than $100 a year to expose people to my business hardly feels like a scam to me. I get calls on a daily basis from “consulting firms” who offer services such as “image consultation” and “personal brand marketing” for around $2500 a session.

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In a ponzi scheme the first round of investors often do make money, but it’s still a scam.

Strathmore, like all the other vanity scams, are not official recognitions of anything. I could get my 8 year a plaque that will say whatever I want. They just want your money.

This is why it’s a scam. They only exist to trick you into thinking you’ve been personally selected or recommended to their organization because of your accomplishments. They hope that their machine generated emails that they send out randomly to hundreds of millions of people every year will net a few people who crave validation and will pay to have someone tell them they are awesome.

So the whole offer is a ruse and fake. Just because you were lucky enough to make a few contacts and your customers are ignorant of the pay to play nature of your award (and therefore impressed) doesn’t make it any less of a scam.

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But they’re providing a service. In a scam the people get their money stolen and don’t get anything out of it. I can attest to this first hand: I have gotten everything these guys have promised… and quickly, might I add. I know that having to give up your stance on this would make your head spin, but let’s be intelligent about it. How could it be a scam if they’re giving what they promise?

I have a problem, I call; they’re there to help. I need extra exposure, my account rep gives me a dozen options including beautifully written press releases. Strathmore’s is affiliated with PR Newswire now… are they a scam too? I was walking through Times Square the other day and I saw one of their members on the huge monitors in the middle of the busiest bloody place in the country. I don’t know who you’re mistaking these guys for, but I judge with my own eyes; not with misguided comments left by a bunch of bitter bobs on the internet. Sorry if your experience didn’t go as well as mine… can’t please everyone, I guess.

If someone slammed my firm like this online I’d be suing their pants off.

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It sounds like a nice company but the only way the
company got my name was from other “con artists”
because earlier in the year I was really “conned” by the “check scam” which costs me an arm,leg,a toe and
much more.But it helps to let people know that a person has a good reliable business.

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I think it’d be easier and cheaper to just get a plaque made on your own if you don’t care about the meaning and foundation behind it.

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They just chose me !!!! LOL…I received my call today…and it was exactly like I have read in some of the posts…Stroked my ego for the accomplishments I have made and then gave me the price of membership…oh after they told me about the shiny plaque !!!! I told the lady that I would like to do some research before I opt in and she said if I don’t sign up right now !!! I won’t have the same position…I told her I do not sign up for anything , that I do not know about. She told me well maybe Strathmore isn’t for you and I quickly agreed and hung up….. I am so glad I wasn’t born on a banana boat ;)

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WOW… it seems like we all have asked them to wait a second… but they pressure you to keep going with credit card number when you are ready… that’s just it.. I wasn’t ready!

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Great for you, Nyla. Contrary to you, they let me wait and look into it for a few days. I guess, that was where they established trust. A bit reticent, but it was not too hard to get a few days. I wish they had just told me that it may not be for me when I told them that I did not enroll into anything unless more research was done, instead of accepting it.

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Here is a quote from the letter I received from Strathmore’s Who’s Who dated January 9, 2012.

“Congratulations! We welcome you as a new member to Strathmore’s WHO’S WHO Worldwide. Please review your listing below, which is consistent with our style and standards. This is the way it will appear in the upcoming registry. Should you have any brief additions or corrections, please type them or print them clearly on this letter and return via mail, fax or e-mail as soon as possible. If a custom wall plaque has been ordered, it has been engraved and will be arriving shortly under separate cover.”
It is my opinion this is a scam and I have requested a refund of the money I paid them from my credit card company and they will secure the refund for me by contacting Strathmore’s Who’s Who and request a response from them and the credit card company won’t receive a response from them and will reverse the charges and refund the money to my credit card account. I also told my credit card company to block them from submitting further claims to my credit card and they will be blocked from doing so.
Starthmore’s Who’s Who
6800 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 216W
Syosset, NY 11791
Fax: (516)677-6995
E-mail: HeadEditorial@strathmoreworldwide.com

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I was scamed big time, I was talked into an introductory 2-year membership.
I only joined because I was promised 2 airline tickest and never recieved them.
I feel incredibly stupid for falling for such a scam.
Why are these companys allowed to do this to the public.

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The lady calling me from Strathmore Who’s Who World Wide, in response to my statement that is is not an honorary but is a mass mailing, told me it really is a honorary, that there are 4 other Strathmore’s Who’s Whos that are fake and not honoraries but this one is not a Who’s Who at all but an advertising directory and is “real.” It strikes me that she was being less than honest, especially because the email I received inviting me to this disaster was specifically about “Who’s Who, then she says it is not a Who’s Who. I would love to see the recordings of the telephone conversations where they landed the sales, it appears they will say anything to get a sale.

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I agree this is a scam. I got taken for money. Got plaques but a lady keepsm, calling saying a need for more and more money. Now a mlifetimen membership. They call from New York on a number that comes up restrict so think it is someonen else important than a sales job. They continue to call and send me stuff even though I say I don’t want to do any more business with them. I hjad to change my credit card number as they were about to charge it even though I said no.

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Well, I have been getting calls for at least a year and mail of course for many years. I was recently promoted to a very nice position and all of a sudden they called today. I was wowed and complimented and I almost feel for this… but at the last second before I gave them my full credit card info I put them on hold and I googled their corporate name… and you all appeared. DON”T FALL FOR THE SCAM saved me big time! I think we really want something like this promise to be real but I don’t need a publication to tell me how wonderful I am! I am sure each and everyone of us have been made WHO’s WHO for what we do already… thanks for your postings!

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He guys. I got a call from these guys. I don’t know where they got my name, probably one of the resume job boards Monster, Dice, ect.

While he was praisning me, I googled it and came HERE.

So thanks for the info

I told him, couldn’t spend the $600 for a wall plaque.

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These people are really pushy. I didn’t realize when I got the initial email it was a scam so I filled the thing out. They called and did their little interview and when she said it was $700 I told her I would get back to her, she then went into the 2 year membership, which I repeated that I would get back to her, then she did one year, and finally, one year without the plaque for only $49. While she was being so pushy I was googling the business and came accross this site. Finally, I had to just hang up on the woman because I now knew for sure it was a scam and she would’t back off. Nobody legit is EVER this pushy nor should they charge you for an award.

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OK, I read all the complaints and have to say I faired pretty good. My reason for taking a membership was not to “network”. After being wounded at the World Trade Center as a Red Cross Nurse, my 30 years career was over. Having a history in America going back to 1690 and father’s who served in the Civil, WWI and Korean wars, I wanted to start “seeding” my name in places where my children and grandchildren may see them when I am long gone. Given the strength of the “pressure” people received I can fairly say this company will be on the Internet for a long time. So for 720.00 I got an honored LIFETIME membership with the acrylic plaque and Paper certificate, a photo spot for a photo and allegedly a “webpage” that does not come up on Google! Now they did call me again and say they wanted to have me as a “Years best” at the cost of another 1,200.00 which I staunchly declined. So I guess all in all, for what I was doing it for, I got my monies worth.

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What a bunch of wankers those people are. I forgot about the online webpage. That was another thing I never got, in addition to the register. Have you written to the NY State Attorney General’s Ofice? talk to their Bureau of Consumer Frauds. The more complaints they get, the better it fares for us to get something out of it, maybe.

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what do you mean u never “got” the online webpage? it’s online… lol. u just go there.

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Quote: “My reason for taking a membership was not to ‘network’. After being wounded at the World Trade Center as a Red Cross Nurse, my 30 years career was over. Having a history in America going back to 1690 and father’s who served in the Civil, WWI and Korean wars, I wanted to start ‘seeding’ my name in places where my children and grandchildren may see them when I am long gone”.

Wow, you really believe that you’re that damned important and special? LOL, your children and grandchildren most likely aren’t gonna give much of a shit, especially when they discover that their ancestor was an ego maniac whose grossly inflated sense of self-importance got him scammed to the tune of $720.00! :D If you want people to remember you, try actually DOING SOMETHING WORTHY.

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I got suckered into a 2 year. Called back the next day and cancelled. They sent me an e-mail to confirm my refund and canellation. Supposedly you have 3 days – even says so on their website. I have already contacted my Credit Card Company. The charges are still pending. My credit card company said if it goes through I can dispute. Got my fingers crossed.

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I enrolled in this after several high pressure phone calls
I went in for the most minimal tier at around $100. I got a printed certificate (no frame) for this. I feel very sorry for those who have fallen victim to the pressure sales tactics and were sucked into paying lots of money for nothing.
I can make a better looking certificate on my computer and bet I could get a better looking shingle made to hang on my wall that would say GREAT things about me.
I did take a minimal chance that this could be ligimate and maybe my resume might get into some sort of professional registry.
I just received another e-mail asking me for further information. After investigating this SCAM further, on sites like this one, I do not think I will give them the time of day.
This scam really goes after ones EGO stating that you have been specially selected for this honor.
You do not need a certificate to tell you that you are special!

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Sorry you fell for that too. I wish we could all come together and send a nice long piece of evidence to the authorities and NY State Attorney General’s Office. The money is one thing, indeed. $100 is less than $1,000. But it is the principle. Just deliver on your promise, or else, you’re just thieves.

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your insurance company, your doctor, your mechanic… they’re all screwing you one way or another. they just got fancy ways of covering it up. beliweve me, my dad is a doctor and i see what he charges insurance companies… like 800000% profit lol. that’s how he affords his f#$%@ng maserati. so lame. but anyway, i will prob join whos who. lots of people i know used it for college etc. so many professors to contact in there. i know it’s kind of lame, but u gotta get ready for the real world at some point right?

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Hi..I got a call today from these people that you are all talking about. She tells me I am qualified to be in the Strathmore Who’s Who. She then gives me this sugar coat story by asking me personal questions as far as where i was born, what city, What I do for hobbies and are there any organizations I am involved..I was saying to myself, why would I be a pick for this type of thing. First of all, I am on Disability and I only make So much a month, which is under $1000. After she told me the cost of this for a year. I about shit, first it was 399.00. I then tell her the same thing about not having money. She then again tells me she will give me a year subscription for $199.00. Then they persisted to get my credit card saying the expiration date first.>WTF!!! Never heard such a thing. They are good con artists and they DO PRESSURE you big time. If you get scammed by these people, best thing to do is to report to your bank immediately that your card got lost or stolen. Then your credit card/debit get blocked, so they cannot take the money out of your acct. These people think we are stupid or something. There is a damn recession going on and people are losing their jobs and cities are going bankrupt. These people are out of their minds and I hope they rot in hell. What comes around goes around!!!!!!! Remember that you A-HOLES.

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To the recession causing drain on society, the so called ” disabled person” talking badly. Get a life you no good gimp! Maybe if you weren’t milking the government for a free ride you’d have a few bucks and would have accomplished something and then perhaps you would possibly qualify to be in the with the cream of society. If like you say what comes around, goes around, then i laugh at you because i am wealthy, healthy and able bodied while you’re a crip. I’m guessing you got what was coming to you and i got what i worked for. There is justice and that is my proof. Enjoy you’re view of the world from you’re wheelchair you poof!

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THANK YOU FOR THESE POSTS! I just got off of a 30 minute phone call with a woman who was very nice and pleasant, but wouldnt take no for an answer. It was the same pitch as all of these posts – started at $700; then came down to $199; then $99 for a one year membership. Kept telling me how established and successful I was, blah blah blah. Asked me about hobbies, etc. I kept politely telling her that I wasnt in a financial position to participate, then finally caved, said I would go for the $99. My gut kept telling me this was not necessary and that I may as well pitch $99 down the drain, so I chickened out, said that I didnt have my credit card on me. She promptly sent me to an automated message telling me to go to their website and update my information, which led me to searching further online when I came upon this blog. So, thank you for validating my gut instinct!!! Whether its legit or not, anyone that wont let you off the phone without a credit card number isnt worth it – whatever the cost!

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I just got bit!! I agreed to a lifetime membership to for networking purposes. I received my invoice after the cancelation period. I called and disputed the charge and shortly after recieved a cheap “Trophy” that I was told was valued at $199.00. I spoke with them and explained I wanted no affiliation with them and had disputed the charge. He was cocky, rude and played a recording of the tail end of our conversation.

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Look now they’re recruiting scammers to work for them!

Associate Account Executive
Strathmore Who’s Who – Farmingdale, NY
Associate Acct. Executive (Farmingdale)
I have a tremendous opportunity for the professional who is self-motivated and is determined to make an income ranging from 40,000 to 80,000 dollars a year. The position entails interviewing Executives for inclusion in Strathmore Who’s Who annual professional registry. This publication has also crossed over to the most sought after professional networking platform in the country. The position calls for an aggressive communicator who can carry themselves professionally as they will be interviewing with individuals on an executive, Corporate, Ceo, Owner level. Must be able to read, Write and have excellent articulation and communication skills.
The position offers a sliding salary based on productivity and performance . If you are interested call Jay Sparber 516 997 2525 ext 119 Fax Resume to 516 249 0306
Best Regards,
Jay Sparber Director of Marketing and Recruitment
Hiring Organization: Strathmore Who’s who Hiring Organization: Strathmore Who’s who

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First of all when someone is writing something negative they should really check the facts. Strathmore Who’s Who Worldwide is it’s own entity. There are probably 200 companies with the name Strathmore. Strathmore Who’s Who and Strathmore Who’s Who worldwide are DIFFERENT!
Second, Every company charges for products and services why should a who’s who company be any different?? Legimate companies deliver products. If you’ve been burnt by a who’s who, don’t blame a different one. There are good and bad in every industry and profession

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I was contacted also. I couldn’t get Cindy at 516-997-2525 ext. 156 to answer a simple question. Does it cost money? She couldn’t answer that question so I told her goodbye! I then checked out they’re publication and found a bunch of losers listed as 2013′s premier business leaders. Mostly government and healthcare people. Didn’t really see any “what I would call business professionals”. One guy was in government services for 50 years. Wow! I’d call that a real drain on society.

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what’s wrong with “government and healthcare people”? they are professionals too. i don’t think strathmore whos who ever said they were only interested in business owners or whatever you’re getting at.

btw- my father is a member and he loves it. he got in touch with lots of other doctors and they still play golf to this day… and prolly consult and whatnot. anyway, theres too much negativity these days

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Been getting calls for the past 3 days to join. Had to back down one of those reps today. The $694. for 5 yrs then the $497 for 3 yrs then the $199. for 1 yr with upgradeable option, then all the way down to $49.00 to hold my spot. He went thru all of that because I said I needed to discuss with my bus partner that I run everything thru him. He asked well do you consult him to buy a tank of gas this is a now decision that YOU need to make. We will not go back n forth with potential clients. I told him well thank you very much but give it to someone else.

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Yeah just got off phone with Anthony Ross and boy was he persistent. I told him I wanted to investigate his company before just signing over $700. Then he kept reducing the cost and membership duration, blah blah blah… all the way down to $100. SSaying it wouldn’t work out calling back and forth etc… But he’s already called me several times leaving voicmails to call him back but now I can’t…. obviously a scam if it HAS TO HAPPEN RIGHT NOW.

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My goodness, I need to weigh in here:

Why is it obviously a scam if you have to “act now”? That’s such stupidity, IMO. There are countless instances in the business world (and many others as well) where quick action is required – ever heard of the stock market? If Strathmore’s has 60,000 members or whatever it is, and lots of people to interview then good for them not wanting to go back and forth while people wank them around!! I know for a fact that if you give people an inch they take a mile… and they take a f***ing age to decide things.

So a publishing company wants to get their product out in a timely manner and not have 10,000 *potential* clients asking their wives, bosses and God knows who else if it’s a good idea for them. If it’s my membership I’ll pay for it; if I get reimbursed later, then great. If not, then OH WELL. It serves me well regardless of who pays for it.

I’m from the UK and my family runs a pretty well known company here and overseas, plus I am with a well respected firm in US. Point is: I know for a fact that any businessman worth his salt will tell you that some of the best decisions they’ve made were spontaneous ones…. that’s just life, people. I appreciate that less successful people don’t *get it* (no offense to anyone here), but the more money you make, the more successful you become, the more you realize how you gotta pay your way in this world. Anything you’re getting for free, take with a grain of salt.

Incidentally, I’m pretty sure that most of those with whom I’ve networked can afford to drop $700 on a whim, so this whole “$700 to have your name printed blah blah blah what a scam!” stuff is a load of sh*te. If my firm puts an ad in the local paper they charge $4,000 for a full page…. PER DAY!!! We’ve done this and quite frankly the response wasn’t all that good. Call me crazy, but I’d rather get more for my money with these other guys: we spend $700 for life and they keep us as featured members on the home page for a few hundred extra per year. Granted, it’s not as effective as some of the other services they offer – Professional of the Year, Times Square ads, etc. – but it’s all we’ve been invited to do thus far (4 years now), it’s all we need at present and we are all fine with that. Never had an ounce of pressure from my account rep to do anything more than I was comfortable with.

Bottom line: We’re not talking about spending thousands on stocks or buying a new car or house. Bloody insane. This general reaction is so characteristic of these unfortunate Obamaville times. The COSTCO age. LOL.

Sorry to ramble like this, but I must really take issue with all of this nonsense, because it’s thanks to crap like this that when someone raises an eyebrow when they see Who’s Who on my CV, I feel awkward. You guys are spoiling a once-good name… this company has been doing things their way for almost 25 years at this point, but it wasn’t until the internet gave all the little people a voice to b*tch and moan that any of this came up.

Why is it that a surgeon or specialist can bill your insurance company tens of thousands – HUNDREDS of thousands of dollars – for a job they sometimes do pro bono? Or how about the attorney who knows you need his services and have no other choice, so he drains you? Or the insurance companies out there… the less said about them, the better. Don’t even get me started on food service and manufacturing…. just because you people don’t know about something doesn’t mean it’s not an issue. You just go for the easy targets; the things you *think* you understand.

I’ll tell you why no one thinks of those aforementioned services and products as scams: because they’re too stupid to realize that just because someone can do something THEY CAN’T (surgery, legal representation, etc.) doesn’t mean they should charge whatever they want for it! But they can – and usually do. A doc charges your insurance company, why do you give a crap? You’d better believe that a doctor’s rates would be a fraction of what they are if everyone paid out of pocket. That should tell you something.

This is the real world, people. Wake up and go do your jobs and stop attacking this company, because I’m on board with them and I’m not a sucker or someone who gets scammed. The bloody membership roster is full of attorneys and judges… think about that for a second.

I actually spoke with my account director at Strathmore’s about this very situation yesterday (and btw she is an absolute sweetheart and she has gone above and beyond to help me network). Strathmore’s profiles super high end people who generally know their worth and know that this is just another place to get some good exposure… why this fact evades this small cross section is just beyond me. All of you look too much into it. For me, it’s just a good place to put my firm name because it heightens the search engine results (at my level of membership anyway) – it’s tax deductible for us every year – and we have an advertising budget for this sort of thing, so it really doesn’t kill us to spend a little on getting our name out there.

What a rant, phew! Scams generally don’t last more than 20 years…. unless of course it’s healthcare, legal, insurance, utilities, grocery, restaurant or… Obama, don’t hurt me… THE GOVERNMENT! Everyone’s got their mitts in your pocket book, people… wise up. At least this company is forthright about it and doesn’t dress it up too much. HAHA.

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A sure fire way to confirm a scam is when the scammer says you must act now or you will lose out big time in some way. Legitimate businesses won’t do that; they actually WANT you to check them out before acting because their reputation is their greatest asset; checking with the BBB is a good start.

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In reference to:

“If I was the Global Whos Who Directory I’d sue these guys for copyright infringement. F***ing thieves. Definitely not joining their group!”

Copyright infringement of what? Strathmore’s Who’s Who actually predates Global Directory by about 17 years. It’s true, do your research.

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Is this specific set of publications a spam? I don’t know. However, I do know that my parents and stepfather were all listed in major (and respectable) Who’s Who publications for many, many years and they didn’t get there by being invited out of the blue. All three of them were internationally respected professionals in their fields. They were listed in several of the Marquis Who’s Who publications.

This is the selection process for the Marquis publications as noted in The Wikipedia.
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Selection process
Marquis Who’s Who states that selection of individuals for listing in its publications “is based on reference value. Individuals become eligible for listing by virtue of their positions and/or noteworthy achievements that have proved to be of significant value to society. An individual’s desire to be listed is not sufficient reason for inclusion. Similarly, wealth or social position are not criteria. Purchase of the book is never a factor in the selection of biographees”.[9][4]
Some insight into the selection process can be obtained from William L Hamilton’s article entitled “Who Are You? Why Are You Here?” that appeared in the New York Times in 2005. He writes about new owners acquiring Marquis in 2003, “an editorial team of 70, including 12 researchers, make the call on who’s notable and who’s not.”
Marquis calls its selection criteria “stringent” and says that biographical data on candidates for listing are reviewed by its editors to confirm that its requirements are met. Their chief executive, Gene M. McGovern, told the New York Times that the fundamental standards here are position and accomplishment.[3] Once selected, a biographical draft is sent to biographees for prepublication checking. In cases where notable individuals decline to submit biographical data, Marquis compiles information itself.[4]
General publications
Who’s Who in America
Who’s Who in the World
Who’s Who of American Women
Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare
Who’s Who in Science and Engineering
Who’s Who in Finance and Business
Who’s Who in American Law
Who’s Who in American Politics
Who’s Who in American Art
Who’s Who in American Education
Who’s Who in Corporate America
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My parents were in the first two publications for many years and also in the Social Register.

Me? Well, I’m not world renowned nor have I any “reference value”. So, why would a Who’s Who invite me to be a member?
I am one of the strong working class persons found in this country. I work at a fulfilling job, I raise my children, I do service work in my community, I believe in the values this country is based upon, I am one of the thousands of wonderful people that populate this country…… the “unsung heroes” that are the foundation, social and economic support of this country.
Do I want to be in a respectable Who’s Who? It doesn’t matter to me. I am valuable where it counts. Whether or not I get listed, I am fine.

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For additional information……. Here’s another article from the Wikipedia:

Who’s Who scam
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
(October 2009)

A Who’s Who scam is a fraudulent Who’s Who biographical directory.[1] Who’s Who scams involve the selling of “memberships” in fraudulent directories that are created online or through instant publishing services.[1] These fraudulent directories represent thinly veiled moneymaking scams.

A scam may begin with a telephone interview or online questionnaire to validate a potential target’s personal information. This information can be included in the fraudulent directory, sold to other marketing firms, or used in future attacks such as phishing emails. Once the personal information has been gathered, the target is congratulated as having passed the interview and is asked to provide a credit card number to finalize the process. Upon further inquiry, the target may be told that a credit card payment is required to receive a certificate and copy of the directory.

Recently incorporated companies are often behind these scams. The few individuals listed in such directories often have themselves included as a marketing tactic. The result is that these directories become a simple form of vanity publishing. One known problem is that people’s credentials sometimes list their online directory memberships long after such fraudulent directories disappear from the web.

There are numerous variations of these practices. In former European monarchies, publishers compile volumes listing “noblemen” (such as dukes, counts and barons) who are often little more than fantasists who paid large sums to have their names inscribed in these books. Even high school students are not immune to such ploys; for many years a now-defunct company based in Texas published a Who’s Who Among American High School Students which justified its activities by offering (at random) a few scholarships, usually for $200.

Who’s Who companies that adequately filter their entries and provide value to the people listed in them are hard to identify. A & C Black’s Who’s Who is the canonical example of a Who’s Who reference work, being the first to use the name and establish the approach in print. However, the longevity of the publication itself is not a guarantee. In 1999 Tucker Carlson alleged in Forbes magazine that the long-lived Marquis Who’s Who adopted practices of address harvesting as a revenue stream, undermining its claim to legitimacy as a reference work listing people of merit.[2] However, Forbes currently bases 10% of the methodology for its America’s Best Colleges list on alumni listings in Who’s Who in America, the flagship title of Marquis Who’s Who.[3]

Thank you for your patience.

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I received this same message yesterday. I have the following qualifications, summa cum laude, an MSEE, PE (Professional Engineer), 4 different engineering/academic honor societies, 27 years for a top NASA facility, many top achievement awards, 5 patents and dozens of publications. I’m an expert in my field of study. Should I be in a book of whos whos? You bet says my ego. But wait a minute. There are at least 25% of the people I work with are smarter than me. Yes they are all geniuses. There are lots of smart people. But are they exemplified by doing something great? I mean like Einstein, Edison, Zuckerberg, or Gates? Not really. Paying somebody to put you in a book of whos whos is just trying to buy notoriety. Think it through, is it a Nobel Prize or fly by night con artist who’s really good at it. Have you ever heard of these people before you got this message? Me either. If it’s not a scam, it’s a very strange business model. It has all the flavors of shady business practices, forcing you make snap decisions, or lose your spot. Am I really not as important because I waited two days to check out this member ship? If it smells like a duck and it quacks like a duck, it must be a duck. It’s a scam at best feeding on people’s most venerable commodity, pride. No thanks, I have no need for this type of exposure. I want to thank all the others for sharing there terrible stories of getting sucked in. I had a feeling.

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