I got this lovely letter in the mail today from NAPW that said:
"It is my pleasure to inform you, that your 2009/2010 membership has been approved for the National Association of Professional Women."
Um, which is great, I suppose.Â Except I NEVER APPLIED FOR ANY MEMBERSHIP!
It included a little membership card which I am suppose to fill out.Â It's a post card...no envelope.Â Which means my name, address, phone number, business info, e-mail address and signature would all be exposed for the world to see.
Odd, for a "professional" organization, that didn't seem that professional.
So then I did what I always do when I get suspicious (which is often these days).Â I went to my pal Google.
First, I found there site to see what they were actually about.
OK, there was no membership fee.Â To me, it looked more like one of those discount club things, but maybe geared at business women.Â Maybe it was a spammer, not necessarily a scammer.Â If you join, you end up on a lot of mailing lists and get a lot of junk mail.Â But it seemed harmless on the surface.
Bottom line is they lure you in with a "free" membership and a lot of promises.Â Then try to sell you a premiere membership for hundreds of dollars.Â The "benefits" aren't anything you can't get yourself with a Google search for no money.
My "invitation" was addressed to my Bards and Sages address, which tells me they must be targeting women writers currently.Â So ladies, if you get your "free" membership from these people, please recycle it.Â Don't mail it in.
This post was updated on February 23, 2012 to change the title of the article.Â No other content was changed.