Today I have received this email:

“””” Dear   A. B. C.  ,

This is XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (ISSN xxxx-xxxx), a professional journal published by XXXXXXXXXXXX. We have learned your  paperXXXXXXin  XXXXXXX . We  are very interested in publishing yourpaper in XXXXXXXX. If you have the idea of making ourjournal avehicle for your research interests, please send the electronic version of your papers or books to us through email attachment in MS word format. All of your original papers which have not been published are welcome. Hope to keep in touch by email and publish some papers or books from you and your friends in USA. As an American academic publishing group, we wish to become your friends if necessary. we also want to invite some people to be our reviewers or become our editoral board members. If you are interested in our journal, you can send your CV to us. Expect to get your reply soon.

Best regards,

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I have immediately thought it was a scam since the email looked very like a standard email, where just the name of paper, conference, etc… are changed, the tone is also very funny “we wish to become your friends if necessary”??!! and there are frequent typing mistakes (I know, everybody does them, but in formal situations you read over and over again what you have written, right? so to me it looks like a clue)

After a short research I have found the following:

http://econjeff.blogspot.se/2010/07/journal-spam.html

Apparently quite a bit of people receive this email, and it has been going on for a few years. It is neither a new phenomenon nor so rare, so there already is public awareness (like you see in the above linked page).

Be cautious, they might ask you something like 50 dollars per page to proceed with it. They have web-site and you can even find a few papers online which are published by them.

Here there is another interesting post blogged by someone who had bitten the bait.

http://thetrialwarrior.com/2010/09/12/good-grief-bait-switch-law-publishing-version/

If you read through these couple of links I posted, you see other people received the same email from different journals….this should make ring the bell, so to speak.