Thursday, July 23, 2009

Another scam pretending to be from Elsevier

Yet another scam pretending to be from elsevier

From: elsevier issues <>
Date: July 23, 2009 5:28:22 AM PDT
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Subject: Elsevier Scholarships


European Central Bank- Elsevier Journals Initiative.

The European Central bank in collaboration with Elsevier Journals is seeking applications from students/ researchers for 10 European- Elsevier Scholarships in 2009.

The Scholarship programme was launched in 2003. It aims to promote high quality research on the structure, integration and performance of the European financial system. Each fellowship is endowed with a honorarium of €16,000 [Sixteen thousand Euros] which would be received by 10 students/ researchers on Merit.

To be amongst the fellows who can receive this honorarium:

· Send a research paper on your Major.

o The submitted paper will go through a screening process by our group of reviewers in your field. Manuscripts should be submitted in English and include a cover letter, and a comprehensive Resume.

Prospective authors should send their manuscript(s) in Microsoft Word or PDF format to and should Include a cover sheet containing corresponding Author(s) name, Paper Title, affiliation, phone, fax number, email address etc.

Kind Regards,

Gerald Rockfield.

Asst. Commercial Manager,

Elsevier- Eurobank Initiative,

United Kingdom.


  1. Really? It this a scam? I've just got an email like this and want to make sure...

    If anyone can explain more about this message, that would be great. I know that I should just ignore any message like this, but can't believe that someone created this type of message on purpose.

    Thank you very much!!



    It has come to our attention that fraudulent emails are being distributed widely in the scientific community. These spam emails use fake publisher email addresses and attempt to appear as official communications from the publisher.

    The fraudulent e-mail messages are generally called "Manuscript Submission", “Call for Papers” or “European-Elsevier Scholarships” and are typically sent using e-mail accounts supported by Gmail, Hotmail or other free e-mail providers. Typically, the body of these messages contain a "Call for Papers", requesting that authors submit scholarly articles via e-mail for publication by Elsevier in various Elsevier journals and other publications. These fraudulent e-mails involve a request for the victims to send “handling fees” to cover the processing of the article submitted.

    Please be assured that Elsevier, Inc. is in no way associated with this fraudulent e-mail campaign. Elsevier is currently investigating this fraud to identify the persons responsible and to bring them to justice. Elsevier does not solicit intellectual property from authors in this fashion, and does not utilize Gmail, Hotmail, or any other free third-party e-mail providers in communications with authors and editors.

    If you receive any e-mail messages that appear to be a part of this fraudulent solicitation, DO NOT respond to the message and do not open any attachments contained in the message. Rather, please forward the message to Elsevier's Fraud Department at We will use the information included in the message to aid in our investigation. If you know of someone who has received this message, please pass along the above information and ask them also to forward the message to the Elsevier's Fraud Department."

  3. Really strange. Nice reaction and information from Elsevier.

  4. i emailed before reading your post to ask when the closing date was and had no reply. the call for papers definitely seemed strange even when I first read it. thanks for posting.