Scammers and spammers are sending fake and phishing email messages like the one below, which claim the recipients have been nominated to represent their professional community in the Professional Who's Who 2017 Edition. The fake email messages have been created to trick the recipients into sending the scammers their personal information, and subsequently, their money. Also, the links in the email messages may go to spam websites that will attempt to trick visitors into buying fake products or services, and phishing websites that steal online account credentials.
The "Professional Who's Who 2017 Edition Nomination Committee" Scam
From: "Nomination Committee" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: October 20, 2017 at 7:29:55 PM PDT
Subject: Your Nomination
You have been nominated to represent your professional community in the Professional Who's Who 2017 Edition. The largest online community of professionals.
We are very pleased to inform you that your candidacy has been approved. Congratulations!
The Publishing Committee has selected you as a potential candidate, based on your standing amongst your professional community as well as specific criteria from the executive and professional council. Given your reputation, the Publishing Director feels your profile would make a welcome addition to our publication.
Since we are using our secondary resources, you must verify with us that your current profile is accurate. After your information is verified, your online listing will be approved within 7 business days.
Please click here to verify your profile and to formally accept the candidacy.
On behalf of our Committee I would like to salute your achievements and welcome you to our association.
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