"You've Been Selected for Executive Who's Who"

I keep receiving e-mail messages about being selected as a potential candidate to represent my professional community in the new edition of Executive Who's Who. I have never registered or signed up with any directories or associations, but the e-mail messages state that based my background, the Director believes my profile makes a fitting addition to their publication.

Youve Been Selected for Executive Whos Who

The "Executive Who's Who" Scam

From: Executive Who's Who (whoswho@riotle.com)
Subject: You've Been Selected for Executive Who's Who


You were recently chosen as a potential candidate to represent your professional community in the new, 2013 Edition of Executive Who's Who.

The Publishing Committee selected you as a potential candidate based not only upon your current standing, but focusing as well on criteria from executive and professional directories, associations, and trade journals. Given your background, the Director believes your profile makes a fitting addition to our publication.

To verify your profile and accept the candidacy, please visit here. Our deadline for this selection period is April 30th, 2013.to ensure your inclusion, we must receive verification on or before this date. On behalf of our Committee I salute your achievement and welcome you to our association.

Sincerely Yours,
Robert McGwire
Nomination Committee Secretary
Executive Who's Who

If you wish to unsubscribe from these emails, please click here

Or write to:
320 S. Lemon Blvd # 1803
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The funny thing about this email message is, although it was sent to me, when I clicked on the link I was told that the campaign is not available in my region. So I ask myself, why I was selected in the first place.

Obviously, this email message is a scam and you should ignore or delete it if you receive it. Thousands of persons have received this email message and have make complaints.

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March 16, 2017 at 1:35 PM by
"You've Been Selected for Executive Who's Who"
an anonymous user from: Seattle, Washington, United States

This person just called me and asked me to explain my ambassador profile for a company I love and she kept pushing me to talk about it over and over and then when I told her I was trying homeless people by promoting an app to get them jobs immediately she said okay that's enough and hung up. She is looking for information. Scam. Tried to call the number back and it rings busy.


January 14, 2017 at 10:55 AM by
"You've Been Selected for Executive Who's Who"

Received via email:

"I received the following email. I am not in a professional community; I am retired! I never entered any contest. This mail will be deleted without any clicking on anything.

From: "Global Whos Who"

Subject: Your Who's Who Entry

marbiz395, January, 13th 2017

A Major Congratulations is definitely in order...The 2017 Business Who's Who Registry has nominated you to represent your professional community amongst Executives, Professionals & Entrepreneurs.

This is a tremendous honor.

You were chosen from only a handful of qualified candidates.

Your candidacy was approved on January, 13th 2017, and a prompt response is required to ensure your correct professional information is added.

We look forward to your appearance in this year's edition.

Please Take a few minutes to confirm your information right here

Again Our Highest Regards,

Irwin Gutierrez"


June 15, 2015 at 1:02 PM by
"You've Been Selected for Executive Who's Who"
an anonymous user from: Seattle, Washington, United States

The funny thing about that email is that you clicked on the link. :-)

I hope you ran some extensive malware software on your computer after you did so. Good luck!


June 7, 2015 at 12:21 AM by
"You've Been Selected for Executive Who's Who"
an anonymous user from: Washington, District of Columbia, United States

They have also used the name JT Richards 2014/2015 "Executive Who's Who" directory of Elite.

Well here in south carolina JT Richards is the sales mannager of the KIA car sales buisness.

Thanx-spc.F, Jayson D. U.S.ARNG.


September 5, 2014 at 8:07 AM by
"You've Been Selected for Executive Who's Who"
an anonymous user from: Winslow, New Jersey, United States

They are still at it. I got two today. Same email as below. It went straight to my junk mail folder. That should tell you something immediately.Do not click on the link.


April 30, 2014 at 8:43 AM by
"You've Been Selected for Executive Who's Who"
an anonymous user from: San Bruno, California, United States

Received today - same address

Top 3 Wireless Network Security Concerns

Hi Jana,

One in ten people globally are using Wi-Fi at home and work, according to the Wi-Fi Alliance, and this number is continuing to grow. Additionally, according to Cisco’s predictions, mobile data traffic will increase 18-fold between 2011 and 2016. Most people connect to the web via Wi-Fi on their mobile devices. Wireless local area networks (WLANs) allow for flexibility and connectivity and are affordable, but the transmission of potentially sensitive data via the airwaves adds vulnerability that intruders and hackers can exploit. Unauthorized users can intercept and hack into unprotected connections. Therefore, it is imperative that a business take appropriate action to maximize security.

Download this whitepaper from IT Brief to learn more about the three primary concerns: end to end encryption, wireless intrusion detection and prevention, and "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) policies.

Best Regards,

Henry Thomas

Editor in Chief

The IT Brief...


April 29, 2014 at 10:47 AM by
"You've Been Selected for Executive Who's Who"
an anonymous user from: Sunnyvale, California, United States

A very rude sales person from this organization just called trying to fish names from me. I'm the office manager with a sales office. No idea what their scam is but it seems they are now targeting people by calling admin people and fishing for information.


April 24, 2014 at 5:44 PM by
"You've Been Selected for Executive Who's Who"
an anonymous user from: Capitol Heights, Maryland, United States

Yep, same here; I received an e-mail also, but not from Robert McGwire. Mine was from Danielle Walker, of American Job Resources, with a NY address:

1191 Bowen Rd. #2, Elma, NY 14059

Hmm...scammers really have too much time on their hands. Although the address looks legit, after searching companies in that area, I find there's no Who's Who of Anything at that address. (smh) Ridiculous!


April 14, 2014 at 10:45 AM by
"You've Been Selected for Executive Who's Who"
an anonymous user from: Washington, District of Columbia, United States

I just got this one, similar content:


11th April 2014

Re: International Trade Council Invitation for Chris Hogan Auto


The International Trade Council is taking a limited number of new

member appications for the 2014-2015 year. As such we would like to

see if Chris Hogan Auto Repair is interested in participating...


March 25, 2014 at 8:38 AM by
"You've Been Selected for Executive Who's Who"
an anonymous user from: Ashburn, Virginia, United States

I got one in my email this morning. Smh


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