One Couple's Stumblings Through Parenthood and Marriage

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Manchester Scam's Scam

I am not sure exactly how on got on their mailing list, but I received a letter in the mail recently which, upon first reading, was quite flattering. Here is an image of it:

In brief, it states that due to my many professional and executive accomplishments, Manchester Who's Who ( is going to include a bio of me in their upcoming registry of other prominent business potentates - free of charge. I kept looking it over for a scam - I have never done anything professionally worthy of note outside of my office. Hmm, so I went online. Sure enough, and alas! for my poor broken heart, it is a scam. Who would have known that an unsolicited mailing that lauds my many so-called but unidentified accomplishments would in the end expect money from me?!? Horrors! What disappointment! All this time I thought I was someone special.
Turns out, if you snoop around online to find out, that a woman calls you up, after you've turned in your registration form, and fawns all over you in a mock-up interview. She then asks which level of membership you want - the 'lifetime' option being almost $1,000!
I have to say, I am very impressed by the lengths people will go to legally separate the unwitting from their money. Should I feel ashamed that I have been included on a 'he-must-be-a-chump' mailing list? I would love to know how many people actually fall for this. I might even pay money for that information.
Here's a tip if ever you fear someone is getting their scam on: go to Google, and type in the name of the offering/service/business and then the word 'scam.' It opens up a whole new world. Likewise, if you want to find out what the critics say about any particular product, do a search for the product name plus the word 'sucks' - you are guaranteed to get the scoop, along with some ... colorful language.

P.S. Yesterday I received another one, this time from Empire Who's Who ( - with the same wording. They need to coordinate better. Even simple people such as myself might begin to get suspicious.


Ian said...

Okay, now I don't know why you were targeted for this scam...but just for kicks...try googling "scam capital of america" in quotations of course.

Raging Wombat said...

I did the google search. Well done on bringing religion into it. How did you know to search for that? NPR?
It's not too surprising, when you think about it. It's kind of like foxes in the hen house.
The fact that these letters were sent to my work address, listing my job title, would lead me to assume that I am simply on some mass mailer, rather than on a mormons-are-soft-targets list.

Cinder6 said...

If all the "You've won the EU lottery" emails I have gotten in the past week were real, I would be up 1,500,000 GBP and 1,200,000 EU dollars. w00t.

Raging Wombat said...

Wait, those EU lottery emails were fake? oops ...