All people with an email address should be cautious of emails from any organizations claiming to be a ‘business leaders’ association, or that you have been ‘nominated for an award’ as they are probably not legitimate. There are some businesses that do this sort of work but since the industry is rampant with spammers its very hard to tell who is and who is not legitimate. They come in many many forms, the latest of which looks like this;
“We are please to inform you that your candidacy was formally approved March 8th, 2010.
The Business Leaders Worldwide Publishing Committee selected you as a potential candidate based not only upon your current employment, but focusing as well on criteria from executive and professional directories, associations, and trade journals. Given your professional background, the Editorial Department believes your profile makes a fitting addition to our publication.
There is no fee nor obligation to be listed. As we are working off of secondary sources, we must receive verification from you that your profile is accurate. After receiving verification, we will validate your registry listing within 7 business days.”
Generally known as vanity spam, they are a definite scam to be avoided at all costs. More information here.