Do online scammers never sleep? There is a whole new wave of online SCAMS related to BUSINESS NETWORKING.

Have you received a SPAM from someone like the "National Association for Professional Networking" asking you to sign up for a business networking opportunity? Please be careful that you don't fall for these PHISHING attempts.

There are many similar emails and organizations offering business networking opportunities. Be careful if you get an and unsolicited email with a networking offer or similar offer for "special businesspeople like you".

Some of these spams come from real businesses with very shady practices, others come from complete and utter scammers. There is even a category for such spam - VANITY SPAM or Flattery Spam.

What are these scammers up to? First they mine your personal information online (quite easy nowadays). Then they ask for more additional personal information, for example in the guise of a "verify your profile" or "sign up for more information" request. They ask for phone numbers, company name, type of business, title... If you do answer you become a victim! You might as mail in a photocopy of your credit card with a sample of your handwriting.

Scammers change their names, websites and email addresses regularly. Here are just some sites and names to look out for:

Executive Who's Who 

National Association for Professional Networking

National Academic Networking Association

Distinguished Professionals Online

Learn more here:

http://www.spamdiary.com/category/vanity-spam/

Wikipedia Who's Who scam