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Who’s Who In Local Communities – Really?

Who’s Who In Local Communities – Really? - The Beacon


By: Tom

Who’s Who In Local Communities – Really?

This past Friday, I received the following informing me that I and the BBB had received honorable mention in an article by Stephen Bozanek.

Good morning!

We wanted you to know that you received Honorable Mention in yesterday’s article titled “Who’s Who in Local Communities” by Stephen Bozanek, recognizing individuals and businesses who have recently contributed to improving their local communities.

The article will remain available at* for the next few hours and is available for on-demand download and printing.

We wish you the best of continued success.


Lisa Davis
News Digest International*

Of course, when I see e-mails like this, I become very suspicious.  As a general rule, I never click on links within an e-mail from people I don’t know, and if the link provided looks suspicious.  This is a good practice for anyone who receives questionable e-mails. 

I did copy the link provided and pasted it into the address bar of my browser, and brought up their website.  I found nothing about me or the Better Business Bureau.  I did see other articles with the byline by Joseph Bozanek.  I did a search for Stephen Bozanek, and found an article relating to fraudulent Who’s Who Directories.  Another check on the suffix of dot co shows that this domain is registered in the country of Colombia. 

Clicking on links from within an e-mail could spell trouble.  You may be taken to a site which is seeking payment for a Who’s Who Directory, and you will need to provide them with personal information such credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and other personal identifying information that could compromise your identity.  The other thing that could happen is that by clicking on the link would spawn a virus or other malware on your computer.

For more information you can trust, visit  If you’ve are a victim of who’s who offers, contact your local BBB.  If you are in the Tri-State, contact us at, or call (812) 473-0202 or (800) 359-0979.


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Tom is Vice President for the Tri-State Better Business Bureau. In addition to answering the needs of our accredited businesses, Tom can be seen on WEVV providing tips for businesses and consumers. He also works closely with other local media outlets to keep our community informed of marketplace issues affecting our area.