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Thursday, January 17, 2013

I received this in my mailbox today. Highly suspicious!

Here, phishy, phishy, phishy!


You were recently chosen to represent your professional community, deeming you eligible for the inclusion in the new 2013 Edition of Worldwide Registry for Business Professionals.

We are pleased to inform you that your candidacy was formally approved on October 1st, 2012. Congratulations!

Click here to verify your profile and accept the candidacy

The Publishing Committee selected you as a professional 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.

There is no fee nor obligation to be listed. As we are working off of secondary sources, we must receive verification from you that your profile is accurate. After receiving verification, we will validate your registry listing within seven business days.

Once finalized, your listing will share prominent registry space with thousands of fellow accomplished individuals across the globe, each representing accomplishment within their own geographical area.

To verify your profile and accept the candidacy, please click here.

Please kindly note that our registration deadline for next year's publication is January 31st, 2013. To ensure you are included, we must receive your verification on or before this date.

On behalf of our Committee I salute your achievement and welcome you to our association.

Sincerely yours,

Robert C. Anderson
Vice-President, Publication Division
Worldwide Registry for Business Professionals

1833 Tennessee Avenue
Southfield, MI 48075

So sweet! Must be bad for me!
I wonder what achievement are they referring to? Light on details and heavy on flattery. The Chinese have a saying for this. I can't quite remember the exact words. Help!

The email invitation doesn't even have my name on it! Oh, in case you think it was sent to my office email address, no, it was sent to my private email address. Duh.

Phishing is the act of attempting to acquire information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money) by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. (Source: Wikipedia)

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EY said...

天花乱坠,口沫横飞,阿谀奉承,and slap the horse’s fart!! :P

AK71 said...

Hi Endrene,

It goes something like "wu shi xian ying qing. fei jian ji dao." Sounds right? I think I been watching too much Chinese period drama. :)

EY said...

Hi AK,

Yes, that's indeed very appropriate! I'd learnt the Cantonese version when I was young. 'mo shi hin yarn karn, fei gan ziak dou'!!


AK71 said...

Hi Endrene,

Ah! So, I have applied it correctly. Hahaha.. Thanks for the verification in Cantonese. :D

SnOOpy168 said...

Cheeem ah your cina.

BTW, ignore such mails. I get them often. Like you said, what do they really know about you that warrant such a "prestigious" listing on what-book-is-that-again ?

AK71 said...

Hi SnOOpy168,

I have been watching a lot of Chinese period drama in the last few years. Brushing up on my Mandarin. :D

Yes, what do they know about me? They don't even know my name! Tsk, tsk...

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