Anyone else gotten this?

  1. I got a letter in the mail today informing me that I was "recently appointed as a biographical candidate into the "Cambridge Who's Who Among Executive and Professional Women in Nursing and Healthcare"...
    What in the world is this all about? Anyone else seen this? I'm thinking it's a scam.
    ebear
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  3. by   jmgrn65
    yes I have gotten it a couple of times, it costs and I don't think it means diddly squat.
  4. by   leslie :-D
    hmmmm.

    not sure, ebear.

    check out the following link and read under the RN's blurb.

    www.youthfulessencemedicalspa.com/about.html

    leslie
  5. by   nyapa
    I'd report it, to the relevant authorities; they probably have some idea already what it is all about, and will warn you if it is a scam. Are they asking for money?
  6. by   ElvishDNP
    I've gotten it too, and it has gone right into my trashcan.
  7. by   santhony44
    I've received things like this before and they usually go straight to the round file; I don't know if I'd say it's a "scam" but I think it is a moneymaking scheme.

    Something along those lines charred my toast recently, however. I got a card from my certifying body that said I needed to call this # to "update my information" for their directory. I called, and did get asked a couple of questions. The main thrust of the conversation, however, was the sales effort on the other side! The man was trying to sell me a bound copy of the directory for "only two payments" of $40-plus. When I turned that down, he could put me down for a paper copy for "half that price."

    Personally, I think I pay those folks plenty of my $$ to maintain my certification and I didn't appreciate the sales pitch!
  8. by   nurz2be
    Quote from ebear
    I got a letter in the mail today informing me that I was "recently appointed as a biographical candidate into the "Cambridge Who's Who Among Executive and Professional Women in Nursing and Healthcare"...
    What in the world is this all about? Anyone else seen this? I'm thinking it's a scam.
    ebear
    It is a legitimate publishing company who recognizes different people in different walks of life.

    Cambridge

    Hope this helps you.
  9. by   markyleo
    I got several mails like that but If i were you I will never give out any personal information on the web without verifying it. Banks got faked too you know.
  10. by   ebear
    Dar15,
    No, they're not asking for money--YET! I have a few certifications. Could be they got my name and info.that way... Thanks, everybody!!!!
    ebear
  11. by   WSU_Ally_RN
    In both high school and college I was nominated by my teachers for these books... They have books for many different things... I was in Who's who in American High Schools and Whos who in American Colleges. Each time, they sent me stuff, I filled it out, and sent it back in. One of the times my parents bought me the book that my stuff was published in... It was a nice book that went under my bed, never to be looked at again! It does looks good on a resume, which is one of the reasons I did it...
  12. by   traumaRUs
    santhony - I got that same notice from ANCC that you did - what a rip-off! I thought they were a legit organization. However, I don't appreciate my personal info being shared with telemarketeers.
  13. by   RNsRWe
    It's not a scam, but it's not that you're being "honored" either. These publishers are sometimes called "vanity presses", meaning that they do these books for the sole purpose of selling them to the people who are IN them.

    It won't cost you a dime to complete their questionnaire, and give them the material they need to list you. However, if you WANT a copy of that book (and they are certainly betting you will), it costs a pretty penny! And, they know that everyone who sent in their bio for publishing will not only get one for themselves, they are likely to get one for Mom, kids, whoever.

    I was told of my "honors" option in high school, in college (first time), in college (second time), and as a Who's Who Nursing Student. Yeah, me and HOW many others....?

    I honestly don't think it'd do diddly squat for a resume. It'd be hard to imagine anyone in the position of reading a resume not knowing that these "honors" are bestowed upon THOUSANDS of people each time, in an effort to get enough of them to respond to put together the book for which they'll pay for printing.
  14. by   queenjean
    Quote from RNsRWe
    It's not a scam, but it's not that you're being "honored" either. These publishers are sometimes called "vanity presses", meaning that they do these books for the sole purpose of selling them to the people who are IN them.


    I honestly don't think it'd do diddly squat for a resume. It'd be hard to imagine anyone in the position of reading a resume not knowing that these "honors" are bestowed upon THOUSANDS of people each time, in an effort to get enough of them to respond to put together the book for which they'll pay for printing.

    :yeahthat:

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