I received an email that was an “Exclusive Invitation” to be included in the “Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals”.
Is this real? Can it be trusted?
No, this is just another fake award. Like fake degrees there’s an industry that does nothing but sell people fake awards and prizes. In the past couple of years we’ve seen a number of them, including the “Global Society of High Intellect”, the “International Order of Merit”, the “Twentieth Century Achievement Award” even the list of “2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century”. They’re all bogus awards, none of them are based on any real criteria other than your ability to pay to get it.
Earlier this year I was offered the “opportunity” to accept the “Global Society of High Intellect” award. All it needed was $150 (about P1,500) to get this award.
None of these awards are ever checked to see if the person deserves an award, or if they even really exist. I know this because I nominated an entirely fake identity to be included in the ludicrous “2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century”. Shortly afterwards I got a letter inviting me to send them $255. They also offered me a “Suite of diplomas”, a “Citation of Meritorious Achievement” and “Medal of Intellect”, all for even more money.
They’re a bit like those service awards you often see companies bragging about. You know companies pay for them, don’t you? They either cough up cash for a table at a gala dinner or they sometimes are more indirect, requiring the company to buy the awarder’s services in order to be included. I know this because one of these companies approached us last year inviting us to do the research for their awards ceremony for them. We politely declined.
My suggestion is simply to ignore this silly offer for this silly award. Spend you money on a good book instead. Learn something the old-fashioned way!