Scam Alert | You Have Been Selected


You may receive this happy announcement:

Hey! People like me if I pay them!

Hey! People like me if I pay them!

I am pleased to announce that Whiteboard Partners LLC has been selected for the 2009 Best of Chino Hills Award in the Industrial & Labor Consulting Services category by the US Commerce Association.

After the initial wave of ‘Yeah, I’m all that’, you start asking yourself, who is bestowing this honor.

A quick trip to the Better Business Bureau reveals this:

Recent emails notifying businesses that they have won prestigious awards from a national association appear to be part of a widespread scheme designed to get companies to pay for “vanity” awards and plaques.

A Google search produces a much more entertaining result.

This is edited for salty language, you can read the original post here:

So I get this e-mail today. “You have been awarded the Best of Chicago 2009 Award in the Restaurants category by the US Commerce Association.”

…Who are these people??? Cucina Bella was a defunct Chicago Italian Eatery that closed it’s doors over 4 years ago… Then I bought the rights to the name and opened a kitchenware store on MAUI with the same name… …now I get an award for having a restaurant that is one of the best in Chicago! Who f**king voted for this? Dead People??

So they put this press release on their website:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Cucina Bella Receives 2009 Best of Chicago Award

WASHINGTON D.C., June 8, 2009 — Cucina Bella has been selected for the 2009 Best of Chicago Award in the Restaurants category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

…. OK I get it… They want me to buy their $189.00 f**king plak [sic] to hang on my wall cause all their data and interviews said that I must own a restaurant in Chicago!

These people at the US Commerce Association need to be castrated with a rusty knife from my defunct kitchenware store.

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