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    Marquis Who's Who

    Marquis Whos Who of American Women. Does anyone have any information on this?

    Ive seen the Marquis Whos Who, but yesterday today received a mailing from the New Providence, NJ mailing address stating the Marquis Whos Who editors are pleased to inform you that your biography is being considered for the special 25th Silver Anniversary Edition of Whos Who of American Women, scheduled for publication in November 2005.

    I have no clue how they got my name or my personal information. Everything from my schooling, colleges attended, marriages, and a list of accomplishments dating back to 1972, etc., is listed in a profile Im asked to approve. They even have my middle name correctly spelled and the correct married names of my daughters.

    Is this something I should toss or return with the information verified?



    Uncle Jim, you out there?



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    Bin it. They just want to sell you a copy of the damn thing.

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    Richard,

    There was a card with a 30% off savings for either The Classic or The Leather-Bound Deluxe editions. But the letter also stated "there is never a fee or obligation of any kind for inclusion in the publication".

    No way I'd spend the $190 or $250 for either edition.

    I'm still wondering what makes them think my name is worth adding and how they obtainted all this information.
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    It's worth including because they found the information they needed in the records, and they don't need everyone to pony up the ludicrous cost to find enough suckers willing to make it worth their while doing the mailshot. It's an age-old scam, more often targeting parents by including their kids, but that's not important.

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    I got the same thing about three months ago. I still have it somewhere, thinking that I'd fill it out and send it in, but I haven't yet. I also would never buy the thing.

    Weird story though: When I used to work in fundraising, we'd look up prospective donors in all the Who's Whos. One day, I was doing that and saw my uncle's name in there, with information I knew wasn't true! I called my mother and said, "Uncle so and so didn't really go to [fill in an Ivy League school], did he?" because I was pretty sure he'd skipped college altogether. Turns out I was right and it was just what he'd written in.

    Now, that was 20 years ago. I don't know what kind of checking is done these days. I'm sure Joanne and I would be honest, and many other entrants are honest too. But...there's always that one uncle...

    So I'm not rushing to send in my info, but I'm really glad Joanne asked about this.

    Anyone else able to shed light??

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    Hmmm. Wonder why they didn't list "SUCKER" in the profile?

    Does that mean that most of the listings in all these Marquis Who's Who books are insignificant suckers?

    Thanks Jill, for the story about the Ivy League uncle. Makes me wonder about the entire publication now.
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    jdkiggins: Makes me wonder about the entire publication now.
    Me too, Joanne. And so now, when I see it on anyone's resume or c.v., I discount it automatically because of what I learned about my uncle, even if his was an aberation. It would be interesting to know for sure, but I don't know how we find that out??

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    I'm sure they list you whether you reply or not. Their deal is selling overpriced books to the people who are listed -- the same scam as poetry.com.

    Fill it out, or toss the pitch, doesn't make any difference. But if you write them a check I'll come to your house and mock you in person.

    They obtained the information from public records and databases, and they have some kind of demographic profile of "person most likely to fall for this nonsense," which is why you got one.
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    I don't know Marquis specifically, but surely if they're asking you for information, it's not so much 'Who's Who' as 'Who the heck are you?'. If nothing else, those prices mean instant vanity book territory. Looking up a plumber or a physician, perhaps - who but the included people and some very rich bachelors are going to look for a random American woman in such a book?

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    Quote Originally Posted by James D. Macdonald
    Fill it out, or toss the pitch, doesn't make any difference. But if you write them a check I'll come to your house and mock you in person.
    I don't plan to send them a check or return the information.

    The obtained the information from public records and databases, and they have some kind of demographic profile of "person most likely to fall for this nonsense," which is why you got one.
    Great, so living in Pennsylvania makes me a sucker. Thanks, Jim. That just boosted my reasons for wanting to change my address. And that came from your evil post #666.

    To the trash it goes. We'll see when it hits the library shelf if they include the name or not. I'm not responding to verify any of this profile. I'm not sure I'd want my name and information plastered in a book for everyone to see.

    Thanks for the information everyone.

    Jill, we can have a weiner roast with our letters.
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    No, Richard. That was what baffled me. They weren't "asking" for information. They had my life history already profiled.

    Either way, I'm not rich, I'm not a sucker, and I'm not verifying or returning it.
    Joanne aka: writeafterdark
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    jdkiggins: Jill, we can have a weiner roast with our letters.
    Think we might invite and serve some spam to the folks on the Who's Who masthead?

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    I think this used to be a legit operation, but fell right into the Poetry.com territory.

    Joanne, it IS kind of creepy how they get all that info, isn't it? They sent me a form saying I'd been approved for the "Who's Who in America" last year or the year before. I figured, no harm. Sent it back and approved it. Now I get their damn junk mail EVERY MONTH telling me I've been nominated for more of their books. What a waste of trees.

    So how DO they get all that profile info? Name and address, sure, but how did they know which schools I went to, books I'd written, awards I won, etc.? Do they have people actively searching the Internet for this stuff? What's weirder is that I don't write under my full legal name, but they matched it up correctly.
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    Sure, and we can shread up pages of their 18 publications: America, World, East, Midwest, South and Southwest, West, American Art, American Law, American Politics, Entertainment, Education, Finance and Business, Medicine and Healthcare, Engineering, Media and Communications, and Publications.

    I am burning this thing. I don't need to see a publication of Who's Who of American Pennsylvanian Suckers. :Spam:
    Joanne aka: writeafterdark
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    Thank you, Jenna, for commenting. Yes, I do think it's strange and creepy.

    As you well know, I've written under several names. I do wonder how they obtain this information.

    I questioned this in this thread not only because they had things in the profile I'd forgotten about, but also because they listed all the names I've used, with the correct spelling of my middle name, of which I've used only the initial.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard
    who but the included people and some very rich bachelors are going to look for a random American woman in such a book?
    Hmmm, very rich bachelors, now I'm a little disappointed I didn't get the mailing...
    Rose

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    Don't feel bad Rose. That must mean that Idaho was not randomly picked as a demographic area with a lot of women suckers. I think they must have been hitting the eastern states this time. LOL
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    They use a data mining company and hire fresh college graduates to help populate their database. It's definitely a scam, but I'd avoid my data being included for various privacy concerns, including identity theft--yeah, there's no social security or license # but there's mother's maiden name and such, useful for social engineering.

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    What bothers me most about this is that someone said the info may be published whether it's verified or not. I'm not sure I like that idea. Is there any way to tell them NOT to put the info in?
    Joanne aka: writeafterdark
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    Like a Do Not Call list i.e., Do Not Publish my info list? Great idea if it doesn't exist, that's for sure!

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    This is almost as good as those folks who are auctioning off pages of their book on Ebay.

    I'm going to start a Who's Who of American Dogs. People are crazy about their pets. Anyone want in on the ground floor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by XThe NavigatorX
    I'm going to start a Who's Who of American Dogs. People are crazy about their pets. Anyone want in on the ground floor?
    Me, me, me! And I bet Anne and Cate are right behind me...
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    XT,

    If I won't let them have me, what makes you think I'd let you have my dog. LOL
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    I bet one of the first places they go looking for "Who's Who" is in credit reporting agencies, to see who's likely to have the money to buy one of the books.

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    If that's the case, Uncle Jim, they really are barking up the wrong tree.
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    This essay has been published 47 times since it was written.

    Poise--the art of raising an eyebrow instead of the roof.

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