Sunday, June 21, 2009

Academic Spam

I received this message today, from what seem to be a somewhat sophisticated spammer. I receive academic spam regularly, usually from conferences in Florida that accept computer-written papers. I usually just delete them but this one was interesting. They managed to grab my name, my thesis title, and my institution and fill them into what is certainly a form letter. Note the extra spaces before the commas and the two periods after my thesis title (and the odd use of two closing statements).
"Dear Christopher Collins ,

I am writing on behalf of the International academic publisher, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG.

In the course of a research at the Library ofUniversity of Toronto , We came across a reference to your thesis on Head-driven probabilistic parsing for word lattices. .

As we would like to make your work available to a larger audience, I am wondering if you may be interested in publishing your thesis in the form of a printed book.

Your reply including an e-mail address to which I can send an e-mail with further information in an attachment will be greatly appreciated.

I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely yours,
Kind Regards,

Toolasee Marooodamoothoo
Acquisition Editor"
Minor aside: isn't Toolasee Marooodamoothoo a really awesome name?!

A quick internet search for "LAP Lambert Academic Publishing" leads to some interesting blog hits of other people challenging this shady practice. Apparently if you follow through with their invitation, the first thing they ask for is your banking information, ostensibly to deposit funds from all those sales. To be fair, from their Amazon.com listings (which I won't link to, they don't deserve the hits), and from many experience reports on blogs, they do actually turn your PDF into a 'book' and send you 5 copies. So, if you want five free copies of your thesis, maybe this is a good scheme.

However, since my thesis is available freely on my website [pdf] in full format and as a 8-page paper [PDF], I can't imagine why I would want to sell it on Amazon for an hugely inflated price. It won't be a bestseller. I won't make money. It would just be a rip-off for a couple (at most) of people. I guess now that we have print-on-demand publishing, which is what LAP Lambert uses, anything can be a book. It ushers in a new age of vanity publishing. I can't say I have much respect for people who feel their research gains legitimacy because they put a hard cover on it and charge US$100+. In case my website ever goes offline, my thesis is also freely available forever at the Library of Canada. So, LAP Lambert, no I don't need your services to make my thesis more widely available.

"LAP Lambert Academic Publishing" is the English language division of VDM Verlag. At first I thought 'oh, that must be related to Springer-Verlag', a well-respected academic publishing house. It turns out that 'verlag' means 'publishing house' and they are not affiliated.

255 comments:

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Lisa said...

I got the same letter. Thanks for posting it online so others will know its a scam.
Best,
Lisa in Toronto

erna said...

esI too received this email, only the acquisitions editor was Farzabeen Bahadoor. Great names. . . but they hardly sound German . . . and it is a German publishing company . . . legit but dodgy all the same . . .

Huichun said...

Thank you very much. i just received the same email forwarded by my department.
Really appreciate this helpful information!

Ashley said...

If you want a bound version of your thesis/dissertation, I "self-published" my thesis using Lulu.com. I did a paperback cover and it was less than $10 (my thesis was about 90 pages). I'm not selling it to the public, but my advisers received a copy.

I also received this email and my immediate reaction was that it was a scam from a company that mines academic databases. I think that even if it is legitimate, I don't want to be associated with a company who poorly markets itself.

Carol said...

What is the scam exactly?

Haluk's Blog said...

I received the same e-mail today, and it was the second e-mail of the same nature I received. The first one came directly from VDM, the parent company. There's a real fierce discussion on chronicle forums: http://chronicle.com/forums/index.php/topic,45997.0.html

Rossy said...

Hi,
Thank you for the advice,
I also got the same letter but I contacted my supervisor that warns me.
I've received it from "Stephanie Assy" as the acquisition editor.
Terrible. So the next would be our bank account.
I'm really thankfull for that. It would help a lot of people.
/Rossy

Shuhua said...

I've just got a similar letter today! happy you've posted it here. I did check the link they gave, and realized I would be asked of my banking info...Thanks!

Gareth said...

Just got the same letter, except that they got my surname and first name the wrong way round. I also believe that, in most cases at least, your thesis once completed is the intellectual property of your university. Any company that wishes to publish it should really enter into negotiations with the university rather than the author. I also find it interesting that they ask for an email address.....in an email which they have already sent to you!

Gareth, in Aberystwyth, Wales, UK.

walkingbush said...

Its the names that really get me-- mine was Jessica Vengatasamy

Juan Antonio González said...

My "acquisition editor" was "Nancy Assy"... :)

BTR said...

Hi all,

I just got a similar letter today, and I would like to add one more Acquisition Editor name to the list of interesting names: mine was "Rubina Oozageer". I received the message on my Facebook account, and the picture of this Rubina was a good-looking young Indian woman with an academically suspicious cleavage!
Like many of you, I have my thesis as a freely downloadable PDF on my website. No reason to even consider such a publishing proposal, even if it were not a scam.

BTR

Michael said...

Mine was "Colette Julie." I am so disappointed.

Vickie said...

mine was Nihah Naraina, glad I looked in to it, will warn my students!

Eco Toxiciology said...

Noorrinah Hoozeer, Acquisition Editor

Where do they come up with these names? Though I must say Nancy Assy is probably my favorite.

BookMan said...

Thanks for this. I got the same email asking to take my book "worldwide." Uh-huh. The editor's name in my case was Seewajee Heereea.

Thanks for getting the word out.

Quarter Life Girl said...

I got Wenda Carver, thanks for posting, seems like a shady operation.

Red Knight said...

I just received a Facebook message, saying the same thing, from Nihah Naraina. Thanks for the heads up.

Amir said...

mine is "Olivier Ahfat" maybe this one is a male!!!
he actually is after looking up his face book. Looks east indian

Amir

Geeta said...

Thanks dear colleagues,
I recieved the same letter .But I am in habit of cross checking by many search engine about the authenticity of any unknown email with such offers;unasked for.
We must not hurriedly get into such things, be they academic,financial, social etc.
Geeta

Aubrey said...

I received the same "offer" today! My assigned acquisition editor was Sarojadevi Pitchacaren!

Muhammad Shafiqul said...

I received the same Email last week and by going through all comments I would like to conclude that why don't you make your thesis available online at free of cost. No need to publish your published work where only the cover would differ. Thanks guys for all of your postings.----Shafiq

Aziz said...

sadly I got Jamuna Bhunjun....I wish I would have got something as funny as 'Nancy Assy'. Funnily enough they got my thesis title wrong.

Matari said...

Disappointingly I got

Nikraj Buron

Dr. Wayne E. Wright said...

I got a slick sounding "Alina Covali" for my acquisition editor. Thanks a million for posting this.

Can't people already order a bound copy of our theses and dissertations through UMI? I even got a "royalties check" for $13 from them one time so apparently people do occasionally order them.

tikkielady said...

Thanks for posting this I got this in my e-mail today and looked it up and your post was the first thing I saw.

Thanks!!
~Lindsey
Spokane WA

mmay said...

I too got Nihah Naraina through Facebook. I guess they're using all available media!

Jim said...

I got "Veronique Lal". Thanks for this post. I agree: put your thesis online and get back to work!

corrosion book 1 said...

Raman: I got similar letter from Jamuna Bhunjun, then I searched in web found your page. Thanks...

Lawton Grinter said...

My acquisitions editor was Steeven Pumbien. Thanks for posting this info online. I've gotten 3-4 letters from them thus far . . . they even found me on Facebook.

Aneela Z said...

I got Alina Covali...they are getting better with names...but sadly not with their research, she had details from a bio stub for me and not my dissertation title. Oh well, better luck next time Lambert

seamusodochartaigh said...

I got Devinah Makiah through facebook. I felt sorry for her because as an acquisition editor she only had 6 facebook friends. Awwww. Oh and she spelled my name wrong too

absblabs said...

Natraj Seetaram

Yep.

wumu said...

Similar letter with editor's name Marina Socur

Candace said...

I also got the same letter. I never even wrote a thesis (as I'm working on my Bachelor's degree) and none of the stuff I've ever written has landed in my university's library. I even checked the library myself. It's definitely a scam. Good thing I checked.

Matt said...

I also got a Nihah Naraina through facebook...

she is a busy lady/computer.

just out of curiosity, on facebook, do they search via university email addresses associated to the facebook accounts or just find your name and send this message to everyone with your name on facebook?

Matt said...

also, Nihah is incredibly well spoken and has a ridiculously large vocabulary,

"I would be au fait with your scepticism and would understand your circumspection given my unconventional approach and the multitude of scams which have regrettably besieged the internet. Nonetheless, I assure you that this is a genuine publishing proposal."

Ernest R. Rugenstein, Ph.D. Cultural History said...

Sabrina Heeroo
Acquisition Editor

Thandeka Mapi said...

I just got the same email from my Facebook account. they got my name and thesis title right.The acquisition editor is Parvez Bheenick. I spoke to my supervisor, who is very delighted about this "great opportunity", but I have my reservations. Thank you for the warning.

rohald said...

Thanks for the information...my
Acquisition Editor was Sabrina Heeroo...what a great last name, isn't it?

A. Noreika said...

I also got such a letter, this time name was Natraj Seetaram :D
Regards,
Alius from Lithuania

Migle said...

I got the same letter from Madhuri Askurn..
Thanks for your post!

Migle, Ireland

Migle said...
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Keot said...

Alina Covali was my scammer.

Thanks for the warning! Your blog entry is the second Google hit for "lambert academic publishing scam".

Annie said...

wenda carver for me... not so exciting. i particularly like nancy assy.
thanks for the post!

Laura said...

Hi, I got the same message through facebook account! Goodness knows where they had found the title of my dissertation - i had forgotten about it entirely! Thanks everyone for alerting me to the scam, Laura (Happy to continue to be unpublished)

Kelvin said...

Once again, thank you for this posting as it confirmed my suspicions. While it is annoying to receive this sort of email, the originators of this apparent scam have shown great industry as they are clearly searching a wide range of sources (my doctorate is out of South Africa).

Collection2005 said...

Mine spammer is Colette Julie.

Thanks for the information. Your site is the first one to return from googling "Colette Julie LAP LAMBERT"

Gayatri said...

Mine was Vasilii Gorchinski. Cool name.

Best part is, I don't * have * a thesis to submit! And really no research work to speak of - no idea how they got my address!

Marisca said...

I received the exact same e-mail this morning and thought to myself who on earth would be interested in a hard copy of my thesis anyway? I don't even own a copy!!!

I am also seriously concerned with LAP Lambert's high turnover in editors. My e-mail was signed by Natraj Seetaram. It's also interesting to note how Germany somehow employ mainly nationalities other than German. Are they discriminating against their own people?

Marisca in Stellenbosch, South Africa

superegobear said...

Mine was Barthlemy Chaton, thanks so much for posting your experience online!!

Katie said...

I got the email this morning, Feb. 15, 2010. This was my letter (my full name and thesis title removed):

Dear [Name],

I am writing on behalf of LAP Lambert Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG, specializing in the publication
of theses and dissertations.

While researching academic papers at the Library of Brown University, I came across a reference to a work entitled "[Title]".

I am therefore wondering if you would be interested in cooperating with us
towards a worldwide marketed publication of your work.

Your reply including an e-mail address to which I could send an e-mail with
further information in an attachment would be greatly appreciated.

Looking forward to hearing back from you.
Kindest Regards,
Vasant Jhurree
Acquisition Editor

LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG
Dudweiler Landstraße 99,
66123 Saarbrücken, Germany

Fon +49 681 3720-310
Fax +49 681 3720-3109

v.jhurree@lap-publishing.com / www.lap-publishing.com

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miguel said...

I got the letter too. Mine was Wenda Carver. Thanks for all this useful information!

Atul said...

I got same letter. My editor is: Alina Covali

They didn't even have name of any of my work. Just a vague "came across a reference to your work"..

Thanks a lot for this info. I was just about to reply when the idea of a google search hit me.

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Wayne said...

The acquisition editor iss Sabrina Heeroo. VDM first contacted me. Now is LAP.

srimano said...

From 'Sabrina Heeroo'..

I replied and then googled only to find this as a scam.

Somewhat disappointing.

All the fake names used seems to have a pattern. Looks like this is one person's game.

Annamaria said...

I got the same letter, from the acquisitions editor Yovanee Mooroogiah. This scammer obviously has a flair for inventing names!

fCh said...

I'm glad you posted this and everybody else their comments, for it's only moments ago that I've received a similar invite.

---------8<--------------

While researching publishable academic papers at the Library of Georgetown University, I came across a reference to a work entitled [...]



LAP Lambert Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG specializes in the publication of theses and dissertations.

I am therefore wondering if you would be interested in cooperating with us towards a worldwide marketed publication of your work.



Your reply including an e-mail address to which I could send an e-mail with further information in an attachment would be greatly appreciated.



Looking forward to hearing back from you.



Kind regards,
--
Samir Mosaheb
Acquisition Editor Team Leader

LAP Lambert Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG
Dudweiler Landstraße 99,
66123 Saarbrücken, Germany

Fon +49 681 3720-310
Fax +49 681 3720-3109

s.mosaheb@lappublishing.com / www.lappublishing.com

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Sonia said...

yes, i received a letter too.
a few weeks after signing up to facebook.
and to think i got such a thrill that my little australian thesis would be actually read internationally.
Back to gathering dust.
Sonia

ihsan said...

I got the same e-mail and Natraj Seetaram is my Acquisition Editor. I think LAP- LAMBERT Academic Publishing really exists, because one of my colleagues got his work published there. The problem is, I am not sure whether the e-mail I received was really from the publisher.I asked Google and found the official web site is http://www.lap-publishing.com.while the link mentioned in e-mail is http://www.lappublishing.com. Wonder how different address could lead to the same page. that's very sophisticated :-(

FreeFall said...

I was going to count how many of us got this letter, and responded to the blog, but...
Jasbeer Sk Ibrahim, my personal "Acquisition Editor" told me not too.

Bill said...

Why does everybody think this is spam? All they do is send you a free copy of your own thesis, and then fill up the world's book publishing catalogues with all the titles. I just got my book in the mail, and I haven't given them a penny, just the number of an empty savings account. I don't know how they make their money but I suspect if even one person buys my book at €49 they will have easily recouped the cost of my free copy. It's just a good shelf and resume stuffer in my opinion!

easternmedia said...

thanks

I just have received same email. I was amazed to see that generous offer but I thought check it across. They are really academic spammers.

Zelia Breda (白洁丽) said...

Mine was Ghenadie Braghis

Dr Farhan said...

I feel there is nothing wrong in getting your work in a book form...i have done it with Lap and its on Amazon...whats wrong if i earn something out of my hard work...

Jane Beal said...

I got Olga Bobutac from Chisinau, Moldova who contacted me through Facebook. If this is a scam or a POD company using unethical practices that ultimately originates in Moldova, it makes sense. I've been to Moldova, and I have friends there, but financially, the country is struggling (esp in comparison to its neighbors) and the mafia is at work there (esp. in the sex trafficking trade, which sells 70% of Moldova orphan girls throughout Europe and the Middle East and elsewhere). I think it would be unwise to pursue publishing with LAP. Lulu Press is a respectable POD publisher headquartered in the States, and I would work with them instead.

Jane Beal, PhD
sanctuarypoet.net

Carol said...

Hadiyyah Solim was my acquisition editor. I wonder how they make their money? Somebody must be doing the research, spending the time tracking down the e-mail addresses of the authors (mine came directly to my current work address, which I got long after my thesis was written), printing the theses, mailing them ... you just wouldn't think it was worth it.

Clark said...

Are there any reports of actual harm (other than by email-spam annoyance ;-) by LAP's activity?

In the absence of such reports: I think it most likely that LAP are trying to offer some competition to the thesis sales by ProQuest (formerly UMI).

The pricing is similar: approx USD 80).

The advertising is different: via Amazon.com, rather than a database hosted at a University library.

LAP put a nicer cover on their product.

Neither restricts an author also publishing on "scientific" venues e.g. http://researchspace.auckland.ac.nz/.

A hyperlink I found on the LAP website ran a query at Amazon.com, returning about 4000 thesis titles. My first query-result was entitled "VARIABLE-DENSITY FLOW OF GROUNDWATER: Quantifying the Effects ...". This thesis is currently "Amazon.com Sales Rank: #873,687 in Books". Amazon don't reveal actual sales, but the chart at http://www.fonerbooks.com/surfing.htm suggests to me that someone (perhaps the author of that thesis ;-) had purchased one LAP-published copy of this thesis in the past week.

I vaguely recall receiving a total of $100 or $200 in royalty checks for my UMI-published thesis during the early 1980s, making me (as far as I could tell) one of their best-selling authors. Their first 10 sales/year gave me no royalties, I believe, and after that I got a small royalty (perhaps $1/sale). No problem for me: I was happy that *anyone* was willing to buy my thesis! I have never been hassled by UMI, or ProQuest, for self-publishing my thesis (http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~cthombor/Pubs/cmu-cs-80-140/).

ProQuest's business model, and LAP's, relies on the folks with more $$ than time (a.k.a. PT Barnum's suckers ;-) who want a minimum-hassle hardcopy; and also on the (I suspect rather few) academic authors who will refrain from self-publishing in the hope of getting more royalties.

Nobody -- probably not even the folks at LAP -- seems very likely to get rich from this venture, but I don't see any reason to think of it as fraudulent or even "dodgy". Some folks (the editors) will, I suspect, make a bare livelihood through their online labour.

Dr Farhan said...

I agree with Clark.......

Dr Farhan said...

I Agree with Clark

RSS said...

Hi My "acquisition editor" was "Saleem Chotoye"... :)

Ravi said...
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H. said...

The "harm" in this is debatable, I suppose - perhaps it might even help someone out there who is looking for anything they can find on some obscure topic only one other grad student has worked on.

However, I have it on good authority that if you do opt to do this, never put it on your CV for academic use, as it counts against you in the hiring process, where peer reviewed rules.

I'd go with UMI if you really are hard up for this - they at least let you keep your copyright, I believe.

kanya said...

Lame. i just got a Cristina Caus

Lama said...

I've got Vasilii Gorchinski, we should share a glass of Vodka!!
My thesis title is too big so the only used Zoology instead!!

Cheers
Guilherme, from Brazil

Steven said...

you guys judging the editor's names must think that americans, or wherever you guys are from, are the only people that exist on earth...nothing to do with scam..these people work for a publishing company, be it LAP or VDM Verlag that got branches around the world, that's the reason why the names differ or might be 'weird' to some and they get paid per thesis they manage to get published. As well publishing with them is free, so better see the good side of it instead of calling scam people who are only trying to work. As well there's no obligation, no one is forced to publish, you can always click on the delete button instead of making a whole fuss out of it :)

Jolanta said...

Jolanta from Lithuania
I got the same letter from Marina Socur. terribleee....

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Kassim said...

I have had my contacts flying about the Internet for sometime but this LAMBERT thing comes up a couple of days after my CV was uploaded onto a Gulf website. Has anyone experienced the same?

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m.davis said...

Attention: All readers and authors.

I am writing on behalf of Lambert Academic Publishing. Publishing houses have long been considered as closed to everyone, without any interaction with authors, book buyers and readers. However, we, at LAP are different from conventional publishers. Instead we pursue an innovative 'open book policy' where we continuously identify scientific and academic projects from different universities and colleges. We do contact authors by email and propose publishing contract to them. Our aim is to provide knowledge to a wide market and connect the book buyers and readers to the right author and the books they are looking for.

Our books are distributed through more than 80,000 bookstores and more than 3,000 online shops worldwide.

We are committed in providing the best publishing experience available to our authors, we are thus open to the concerns of all our authors and customers. While our request for bank details have been often assumed to be some type of identity fraud we wish reassure our authors that we use the VeriSign security system and that such request is for the sole purpose of royalties payment. Upon suggestions of many authors we will be soon implementing new royalties payment methods such as Paypal.

Often confused with Vanity Press our publishing model is very different from it. We wish to provide the following details on the difference between a Vanity Press and our publishing model:

* We distribute your book worldwide through mainstream and well known shops such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble or AbeBooks.
* You are not charged any cost for the production of your book. We bear all production,distribution and marketing cost for you and we pay you royalties for specific periods.
* You are able to publish 80% your book through journals and reviews. Your book is not tied up when you get a contract from LAP.

Whereas Vanity Press charges for all the services mentioned above instead LAP look after all these at no cost to the author and with the advantage of a dedicated Acquisition Editor who is engaged to attend all the author's request.

In a time where most actors of the publishing industry are turning irrelevant and out of date, Lambert Academic Publishing partners with its authors to enter the new publishing era. Authors can join us now and be part of this revolution of the publishing industry.

Regards,
Michael Davis
Customer Service Executive

Christopher Collins said...

See my follow up to Lambert's desperate attempt to make us all feel more comfortable with their publishing model:

http://chrisnf.blogspot.com/2010/06/lambert-academic-publishing-continues.html

Christopher Collins said...

Also, I have to agree with Steven -- enough about the names. I know I started it, but names are just names. If someone has a different sort of name, that doesn't make them less trustworthy or imply anything.

I just thought a name with three consecutive 'o's was interesting, but I didn't mean to lead the conversation into an insensitive laugh at cultural differences. Apologies to Toolasee Marooodamoothoo, Nancy Assy, and the others.

Also, I'm not sure that it's right to call LAP a 'scam' operation. I didn't say this and I don't have any evidence that they are cheating anyone. I do, however, think they are spammers and they have a business practice that I don't really respect very much.

keatlover said...

Hi there!

I'm from Thailand. Thanks so much for the post. It's very useful. Actually at first I was so glad that a publishing house got interested in my thesis but a second thought, a question came to my mind.. Is that a spam (becasue you know today on Internet anything could be spam. But the website of LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, especially on the Management page, looks professional. Well, thanks!

Siripen Yi., Bangkok

Anusha said...

Dear all, I 'd like to inform you that its a damm "SCAM:. I have worked with them and I have also quit the company. The company is situated in Mauritius. They are making a lot of money out of your theses. Please beware.........

Csilla said...

I got this mail too and searched the net for the company. It was a little spurious to start their marketing with not asking money from authors. But while I wouldn't give a damn whether or nto they make money from selling my theis (why would they?), if I can't put it on my CV, what's the point? Thanks for the info.

Trudi said...

I just this minute got the same email (from one Shaziah Hossanee) and immediately googled the publisher, which led me here (thankfully!). Let's hope others continue to do the same.

As a side note, I studied in Australia, so I guess they're targeting all corners of the globe.

Mike L said...

Daniela Mutruc
Acquisition Editor

Jyoti said...

Got the similar mail..even though I don't have any Publications yet but its good to see that someone is ready to publish them lol ;-)

Thank you for posting it here!

Man said...

Same here. Thanks for sharing.

Cheers

Qamatis said...

Thanks! Admittedly, I didn't even think it was a spam! Stupid me...

Grant said...

Just received this email - your blog post is the top hit when you google around to find out more about these people. Thanks for the heads up - I had a strong feeling it was spam, but the letter was oddly personal in that it referenced my institution and one of my papers.

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sportsmom said...

Mine was Samiira Jafferbeg [s.jafferbeg@lappublishing.com]
I was delighted to inform Ms. Jafferbeg that my book is already under contract with a major university press in the United States. :) LOL

Sanjukta Roy said...

Today I have also got the same mail.thanks.

Joe said...

My scammer was Braghis Ghenadie.....LOL

jimmy said...

Where is the scam?

It is COMPLETELY IMPOSSIBLE for them to take any money from you just by knowing your name, id# (social security etc), and your bank account number.

Funny names? They hire people in cheap labor countries to find and contact hordes of people. Nothing weird about this except for strange Americans who have no concept of foreign names.

I was contacted and got several real person respones. I'm yet undecided as to wheter or not to let them "publish" my thesis as I'm not sure what would be gained. On the other hand no one has managed to point out what stands to be lost. As some people pointed out this might not be something you write on your CV unless your thesis does sell a few copies.

http://chronicle.com/forums/index.php/topic,45997.0.html

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Ismail Ari said...

Got the same letter. Thanks for posting. I took the first sentence of their email and Google did a good job of finding your blog. SPAMM!

Sophie said...

omg..I got the same letter today :(((

AlidaMaria said...

also got this letter today! thanks for posting! ^_^

Nima said...

Great post ... just adding another name to the list: Tatiana Costandachi

shivam said...
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shivam said...

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Bett said...

I also received the same email in July 2010. Then I wanted to learn more about their purpose on their field of job. Therefore I asked for a face to face appoinment. After then nobody wrote me anything about it. What a surprise!

This is a German Company located in Saarbrücken as it is written in the email, but I dont think this company even exists.

This must be an academic scam, nothing more...

Kudzanai Orphan said...

I received the exact letter in July and was actaually convinced until my supervisor advised me to follow it up. Thanx for the alert. I however had already sent them a pdf version of my thesis for them to read through, does this affect me in any way? does anybody know?

Rodriguez said...

Dear All,

I would like to clear your misunderstanding about LAP Publishing House. LAP Verlag exists really and you are sure to get your free copy. I did publish my dissertation with an acquisition editor named zuleikha khodabocus ( her email add is z.khodabocus@lap-publishing.com) and she really helped me a lot with my book. I just received my free copy last week and I am about to publish my Master Thesis now. Well concerning the bank details, it not for theft or whatever you guys are thinking. My acquisition editor told me that it is not necessary to put my bank details and I can open a new account just to feel secure when I get a minimum of royalties which is payable each 30 June of the year. I was afraid to give my bank account number too but after talking to the editor I was relieved and try my chance in publishing my thesis costless. If you guys want to go for publication, you can contact the above person.

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Anna said...

Hello everyone. I'm Anna, from Russia. I got the same letter from Vasilii Gorchinski. And I found some strange things in his suggestion.
Fistly, the second letter that Gorchinski sent to me contained a mistake in my name and sex: he called me Mr, despite I'm a woman, actually :) And the most interesting thing is that he wrote my name correctly in the first letter. Could he forgot the name within one day? :)
Secondly, there are so many acquisition editors in this publishing house, are not there? Do you know how LAP can pay all these people? I have never suspected that selling science books could be so succesful.
And finally, I want to ask Gayatri, Lama and other people who have got the message from Gorchinski. In what subject do you have science works, if have? If you are humanitarians, it will be OK. But if you are not, it'll mean that Vasilii Gorchinski is no less than unknown universal genium.
I belive that LAP is a respected publishing house, but I doubt that Vasilii Gorchinski is a member of it. What do you think?

Hazhar said...

Mine was "Natraj Seetaram". I hope it's female.

Angela said...

I recently also received a similar message. What first made me think that something wasn't quite right is that I received the message through Facebook. If they happened upon my research online, I would think my email would be easier to track me down with than my Facebook account.

Philip Machanick said...

I had 2 emails from them offering to publish separate titles they identified as a “thesis” (actually short conference papers).

If you want to publish a thesis, unless you have exotic requirements like colour pictures, I suggest you do what I did: use a print on demand publisher like Createspace (search for my name on Amazon – I think I sold 1 copy of my thesis this way, but who cares?). You have total control over how your book is published including the retail price (in my case, I don’t care if I don’t make a profit, so I priced mine at a level where I have to sell a few dozen to break even, a lot for a PhD thesis and you can find a free PDF online if you are cheap — the main cost is printing a proof and getting it mailed to you, only expensive if outside the US).

I don’t understand the value of a publisher who will publish anything without proofreading vs. self-publishing and the latter is now so easy, anyone who can generate a PDF to a specified page size can do it.

Frederik Thybo said...

Thanks for Posting. Im really dissapointed - haha.
My acquisition editor is Dmitrii Ghimisli.

All the best from Copenhagen

ozgun said...

I got Kevin Woodmann. Not funny.

raquel said...

'Lisa Thompson' was my editor. Not too original... Raquel

www.Jen-Sen.cz said...

Dmitrii Ghimisli mailed me today... Thank you heaps for this list!

Cynthia Wuisang said...

Hi ...got same letter today:

Dear Cynthia,

I am writing on behalf of the International publishing house, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing.

In the course of a research on the The University of Adelaide, I came across a reference to your work in the field of UrbHabMgt.
We are an International publisher whose aim is to make academic research available to a wider audience.
LAP Publishing would be especially interested in publishing your dissertation in the form of a printed book.

Your reply including an e-mail address to which I can send an e-mail with further information in an attachment
will be greatly appreciated.

I look forward to hear from you!
--
Kind regards/Freundliche Grüße
Ms. Elena Alexei
Acquisition Editor

LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG
Dudweiler Landstraße 99
66123 Saarbrücken
Germany

Fon +49 681 3720-310
Fax +49 681 3720-3109
e.alexei@lap-publishing.com / www.lap-publishing.com

Handelsregister Amtsgericht Saarbrücken HRA 10752
General unlimited partner: VDM Management GmbH
Geschäftsführung: Dr. Wolfgang Müller, Christoph Schulligen, Esther von Krosigk

Cynthia Wuisang said...

I ve got the same letter today by
Ms. Elena Alexei.

Cynthia Wuisang said...

I have got same letter today from
Ms. Elena Alexei

myint kyu said...

I got the same mail from Ghenadie Braghis. Thanks for the useful information!

Arijit said...

Helloo,,,

I also receive the same male at 3rd February, written by Ludmila Caus, Acquisition Editor. But I cannot understand what should the further step?? Is it really exist or original LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG?? If I put the money really they will publish it in printed version or is it a frod?? Please help me by your suggestion ?? R they reliable?

Non Sola Scripta said...

I have received the celebrated mail today. Now they have a Spanish branch, as the man (Andrés Pajarón) says he writes on behalf of Editorial Académica Española "a trademark of LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG".

I will not even bother replying.

REC said...

Dear all, actually I will disappoint you by saying this, but this is not a scam... What true is , that this company use outsourcing, this is why the names does not sound really German... i have published my thesis with them.. and its alright... it is not a bestselling book (most probably because of my specific study area), but at least I can say that my dissertation get published and it is sold online... it is up to you..to believe it or not..

zen said...

So anybody and everybody can get his work published nowadays!!!! At least one can say he has a publication on his side....Inarguably the opportunity of the millennium....Go ahead guys...this is perhaps the easiest possible avenue to see your name (and your image, too) on a well-designed cover...you can't let go of this rocking opportunity of opening yourself up to the world...Forget about proof-reading, don't you dare bother about editing let alone the quality of your work...It's not just an opportunity, it's God's bliss in disguise....So, LAP it up bro, LAP it up....

ESBG said...

'Zen':

Add to it that it's ego-capitalism as it's worst.
In order to stimulate your ego; advance your C.V. or whatever the motivation is to accept this grand offer, then you're literally ripping people off.

Notice the money you get in royalties and the extreme mark-up price by this esteemed publishing house.

Whatever happened to social responsibility? Make it freely available on the web, or publish it yourself for a reasonable price using online publishing.
Max

Sofia said...

I have received the same letter for a second time and searched Google for information. Thank you very much for your post! The information in the post and in comments is really useful!

GOPINATH said...

Dear All

I would like to clarify all your doubts. This is not a spam and its real. Today I received my first copy of my first book with LAP. I got my first email from "Tatiana Costandachi" (t.costandachi@lap-publishing.com)on 7th Feb and sent my work on 19th feb and today 2nd March the printed book is with me. It took only three weeks for the whole process. I also doubted just like any other fellow on net. Then I decided to take risk(?) Actually what is risk? Are you investing any money? Are you giving up your copy right? Are you risking your bank details? No No. Without spending a single penny, sitting in your house(literally) you are getting your work printed with an international tag, ISBN number. What you are loosing?
Please stop this type of mudslinging. If you doubt, don't send, but without verifying don't comment just like that. I also waited to comment till I receive my first copy. Today I am proud that my old research work got printed and available worldwide. If that doesn't sell also, I will not loose anything. But I am optimistic it will sell and I will receive my share(12%)...Ha Ha Ha
- Dr. Gopinath Chintala (gopinathcv@yahoo.com)

mariabaago said...

Thanks so much for this thread. I had my reservations, but I am glad I didn't get my hopes up too high before I checked it out online. I was contacted by Dmitrii Ghimisli. Thought the name did not sound very German...

mariabaago said...

Also, I think it is pretty tricky that they develop various profiles for the supposed employee. Facebook, linkedin, myspace...

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Ngali Lam said...

I have just received the same letter. And have the same questions....it just looks too good to be true Thanks everyone for posting on this blog...

Hoi said...

Thank you everyone here for sharing. It was Barbara Taylor that emailed me, but interestingly on my gmail account.

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Spirit of Wonder said...

I received the same e-mail today,
names and titles were removed.

Dear ****,

I am writing on behalf of an international publishing house, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing.

In the course of a research on the **** University, I came across a reference to your thesis on "****".
We are an international publisher whose aim is to make academic research available to a wider audience.
LAP would be especially interested in publishing your dissertation in the form of a printed book.

Your reply including an e-mail address to which I can send an e-mail with further information in an attachment
will be greatly appreciated.

I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Ludmila Caus
Acquisition Editor

LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG
Dudweiler Landstraße 99
66123 Saarbrücken
Germany
Fon +49 681 3720-310
Fax +49 681 3720-3109
l.caus@lap-publishing.com / www.lap-publishing.com

Handelsregister Amtsgericht Saarbrücken HRA 10752
General unlimited partner: VDM Management GmbH
Geschäftsführung: Dr. Wolfgang Müller, Christoph Schulligen, Esther von Krosigk

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Josep Valls said...

This is a scam indeed. I just got a translated version. Just the translation was so horrible it could no way be real in any way.
They are probably using some publishing platform like www.createspace.com and they get their free slice if your work is ever published.
Second paragraph: Así, seríamos interesados a publicar su trabajo en total.

Graeme Winter said...

Much appreciated, just got one of those too!

Aimie said...

Kreshma Panjanaden is my contact. Pretty good name. I wonder how one company could have so many acquisition directors? Lots of turn over? Or more likely there's like two people just coming up with interesting names for themselves.

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Andri said...

Haha just got one too! the Acquisition Editor in my email was Galina Kurmeli.

Thanks for posting this!!

Cristina said...
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Cristina said...

Esto llego a México, me escribieron a nombre de Editorial Académica Española y el Departamento de Adquisiciones está firmado por Juan Emanuel Barrera Calderon, es una farsa, desde que lo recibí me parecio obvio, las cosas nunca son así de faciles, desafortunadamente aún hay personas que lo creen.

Sparrow said...

Mine was Natraj Seetaram!!! Guess they discovered I love India too! LOL!

oliver said...

Wow, they're still at it. I got Yedisen Ramasamy

***Oliver in Winnipeg

J said...

Spanish version:
Me dirijo a Usted en representación del grupo editorial internacional de textos científicos, Editorial Académica Española...bla, bla,bla. Write me to Saarbrüken....? Editorial Académica Española es una marca comercial de: LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG
Los directores generales/Geschäftsführer: Dr. Wolfgang Philipp Müller, Christoph Schulligen, Esther von Krosigk
CARAJO !, No que eras española, joder!!!

Wan-Yu said...

Wow, I received the same mail yesterday!! I almost cheated! Many thanks for sharing so helpful information!=)

Nelly at Aletheia University,Taiwan(ROC)

sanduo said...

Thanks buddy, just got same letter.

sanduo said...

Thanks for the info. I got same letter.

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Pedro Varguillas said...

I just had received the same email, signed by Manuel Barrera Calderon. I´m so dissapoint! Es triste esto... Me pareció raro, pero me alegré porque soy joven y apenas estoy empezando mi carrera. Well, this kind of things happen daily.

work said...

i have already published my book and waiting for royalties!

work said...

hi to all i have published book and got one free copy of it. in oct 2010,now they hv told that royalties calculated and sent once a year on around 30th june.i hope to get som good amount as i hav trcaked my book sales online to b around 50,000 i dont think LAp is fake..

work said...

Dmitri Ghimisli
Acquisition editor

work said...

did anybody get royalties last year from LAP?

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http://www.amazon.fr/Apple-Pomace-Drying-RACHANA-SHALINI/dp/3843359156

my books selling all over d world..even in India.. so wat is fake in it??

Mapenzi said...
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Mapenzi said...

Hi Christopher Collins,
Thanks for sharing your views about LAP. From what I know, those that publish with LAP, have their work awarded cum laude/one of the best pieces of research at a University library. You are a researcher, instead of calling LAP’s work vanity publishing (which it isn’t because the authors do not pay for publication) it will be useful if you use your research skills to compare the quality of books published by LAP and those published by your (favourite) academic publishing house. That will be a nice way of proving your point instead of too many empty words - I cannot wait to read your findings.

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un canibal desdentado said...

Hi, Thanks for this information. In a nutshell, this doesn't seem to be 100% a scam but it is worth to have the full information about these guys in advance. I would like to point out that I was contacted by Damian Omar Petoletti from "Editorial Académica Española" which claims to be a comercial brand of LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG.

Kind Regards,
Jonathan Chiocchio
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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work said...

hi all! i was waiting for my royalties as i had tracked through various websites (to about 50000 copies) about the sale of my book published with LAP. but they say now that they had calculated royalties from OCT 2010 (month n year of publication of my book) till DEC 2010. and dring this period ZERO BOOK HAD BEEN SOLD ,MEANS NO BOOK SOLD. AND SO ZERO ROYALTIES.I WAS SHOCKED AS I WAS EXPECTING. N ROYALTIES FRM JAN 2011 TO DEC 2011 WIL BE GIVEN IN JUNE 2012.SHALL I BE HOPEFUL??? ELSE WATS ACTIONS CAN I TAKE ON THEM NOW??PLESAE KINDLY SUGGEST ME.

Regards

Rachana Shalini
India

upender rao said...

I MUST THANK YOU FOR THIS BLOG, I TOO GOT THIS MAIL.
THEY MAY BE UNDER IMPRESSION THAT ACADEMICIANS ARE CRAZY.
BEST OF LUCK...NEXT TIME..
DR. C. UPENDER RAO, JNU

upender rao said...

I MUST THANK YOU FOR THIS BLOG, I TOO GOT THIS MAIL.
THEY MAY BE UNDER IMPRESSION THAT ACADEMICIANS ARE CRAZY.
BEST OF LUCK...NEXT TIME..
DR. C. UPENDER RAO, JNU

Zahra said...

I got the following message on my facebook account today. Thank you for the warning.

Dear Zahra Punja,

According to the University of Toronto's electronic library, you submitted a paper entitled "The role of knowledge building in medical education" in 2007 for your postgraduate degree.

Since we are planning publications in this subject area, our editorial team would be glad to know whether you would be keen on publishing the above mentioned work with us.
LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing is a member of an international group having nearly 10 years of experience in the publication of high-quality research works from well-known institutions worldwide.
For your information, all our books are available in printed form and marketed across the globe through more than 80,000 booksellers worldwide.

Kindly let know if you would be interested in receiving more detailed information in this respect.

I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely yours,

Kevin Woodmann

Víctor Adrián Díaz said...

Ayer recibí la misma carta, firmada de la siguiente manera:

Calderón, Fabricio Joaquín



Departamento de Adquisiciones



Editorial Académica Española es una marca comercial de:

LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG



Dudweiler Landstr. 99

D – 66123 Saarbrücken

Teléfono: 068137208364 - *0*

Fax: 068137208364 - *9*

Email: f.calderon[at]eae-publishing.com

Web: www.eae-publishing.com



Registro de corte/número: Handelsregister Amtsgericht Saarbrücken HRA 10752

Número de identificación (Verkehrsnummer): 12917

Socio con responsabilidad ilimitada/Persönlich haftende Gesellschafterin: VDM Management GmbH

Registro de corte/número: Handelsregister Amtsgericht Saarbrücken HRB 18918

Los directores generales/Geschäftsführer: Dr. Wolfgang Philipp Müller, Christoph Schulligen, Esther von Krosigk
*******************************

Hoy me doy cuenta que puede ser un fraude, muy bien hecho. ¡Qué decepción! Gracias por la información

Maga said...

I got the same letter: Estimada xxx:

Me dirijo a Usted en representación del grupo editorial internacional de textos científicos, Editorial Académica Española.

Consultando la base de datos de la Biblioteca de Universidad de Los Andes- Venezuela, encontramos una referencia a su trabajo científico sobre "Measures of social and organizational culture".

Nuestra editorial está interesada en colocar su trabajo a disposición de un público más extenso. Por consiguiente, me comunico con Usted para conocer su interés en publicar su trabajo científico en forma de libro impreso.

Agradeceré que incluya en su respuesta una dirección de correo electrónico mediante la cual pueda enviarle información adicional en un archivo adjunto.

Esperando su respuesta, me despido de Usted muy cordialmente.
Atentamente,
Soledad Priasco

Departamento de Adquisiciones

Editorial Académica Española es una marca comercial de:
LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG

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B. Yagoubi said...

Thaks for posting this stupid spam.
The title of my thesis is completely different from the one of the spam. So easy to find that the publisher is a silly joke.
They simply have nothing to do.
B. Yagoubi

Hanna said...

Thanks for posting about these scams, I got this offer yesterday from Acquisition Editor Galina Kurmeli. My husband got the same email about a year ago.

Priscilla Nuñez T. said...

Hi Im from Mexico.. and I just got this letter.. In my case the name they used was : " Pablo Daniel Ghione - Departamento de Adquisiciones Editorial Académica Española es una marca comercial de:
LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing GmbH& Co. KG ".
Thankyou for this post!

J. Michael Steele said...

Thanks very much for your information. I almost stepped in this.

Tracy said...

Received the email as well. When I did not respond, they sent a more targeted follow-up email:


Some time ago I offered you the possibility of making your academic paper
entitled «Caballeros making capital gains : the role of social capital in
Latino first-year college persistence : a case study analysis of a
predominantly white 4-year institution» available as printed book.

Since I did not hear back from you, I am now wondering if you received my
first email. I would appreciate if you could confirm your interest in our
publishing house and I will be glad to provide you with detailed information
about our services.

I am looking forward to receiving a positive response from you.

Best Regards,
Yedisen Ramasamy
Acquisition Editor

Thanks for posting to save me a great deal of headache.

Georgensen said...

(George Says)== I received the email as well. When I did not respond, they sent a more targeted follow-up email:

Some time ago I offered you the possibility of making your academic paper entitled «XXXXXXX» available as printed book.
Since I did not hear back from you, I am now wondering if you received my first email. I would appreciate if you could confirm your interest in our publishing house and I will be glad to provide you with entailed information about our services.

I am looking forward to receiving a positive response from you.

Best Regards,
Campbell
Acquisition Editor

Thanks for posting to save me a great deal of headache.

Georgensen said...

"LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KG" is indeed suspicious and a sophisticated scam. What a hell a publisher will not edit your manuscript!!. When I inquired about their standing & other technical issues, they got a bit nervous, though they replied. Their first office say the offices were in St Dennis, Mauritius; then they changed and offered an address in Germany.
My advice is to keep away from LAP.

labrat said...

They keep trying...bless their hearts. My letter was from Aurora Jian! They really know a hook to the fragile ego of academics. Most dissertations languish in the stacks at our almamater...with only a bit of the vast amount of work published to see the light of day!

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Andreas Bryhn said...

+150 people have got the same offer. I used to feel so special but not anymore :,(

The Acquisition Editor seems to change names quite frequently. Mine was called Sarah Lynch.

Pallavi said...

I got a similar email about a month ago & did nto respond. Today I got a reminder too !!!
Dear ****,
Some time ago I offered you the possibility of making your academic paper entitled «*************» available as printed book. Since I did not hear back from you, I am now wondering if you received my first email. I would appreciate if you could confirm your interest in our publishing house and I will be glad to provide you with detailed information about our services. Sincerely yours, I am looking forward to receiving a positive response from you. --Kevin WoodmannAcquisition Editor LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing GmbH & Co. KGHeinrich-Böcking-Str. 6-8 66121, Saarbrücken, Germany Fon +49 681 3720-310Fax +49 681 3720-3109 k.woodmann@lap-publishing.com / www.lap-publishing.com Handelsregister Amtsgericht Saarbrücken HRA 10752General unlimited partner: VDM Management GmbHManaging directors: Thorsten Ohm (CEO), Dr. Wolfgang Philipp Müller, Esther von Krosigk

Thanks for all your postings & head ups.

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Q said...

Just got a very personalized email from Ghenadie Braghis. Good that I googled and found your post. Was kinda fishy that someone knew about a thesis I worked on, which wasn't even published. Thanks for the heads up:)

life sucks said...

so glad to find out this blog which revealed tons of good info regarding to Lambert LAP,,,,I mean I highly doubted this but I was unsure whether it's real or not. maybe they are real publishing company but just not for me dough.

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Mambo said...

Sophie Campbell is my Acquisition Editor. Received it yesterday.

avier said...

Thanks for this thread.

The acquisition editor that mailed me was Elena Alexei.

It would be fun to conduct a group research on whether there is a phonetic connection in the names of both email senders and email receivers.

Best,

Avier

Amahagger said...

Several Australian, North American and Latin-American universities have already published warnings against VDM/Labert/Editorial Academica Espanola/etc etc:


http://www.libraries.wvu.edu/theses/web.htm#V

http://www.education.monash.edu.au/staff/ednews/article.php?id=1630

http://www.gradschool.purdue.edu/thesis_faq.cfm

http://www.csu.edu.au/research/performance/herdc/criteria

http://www.usb.ve/home/node/272

The fact that Graduate Schools and even University councils make specific reference to VDM as a publisher to avoid speaks volumes about the kind of reputation that these people have amongst academic circles. One can also imagine the effect that these publications will have on your cv in front of a job or promotions committe...
They are making a profit from students desperate to get into academia and ruining their reputations at the same time with their shady practices and fake 'academic' publishing... they might be legal, but they should really take a look at themselves.

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abel-molina said...

Thanks as well!

Han said...

Thank you for your post! I receive almost the same letter.

Subhash Parihar said...

Friends, I am the latest receiver of the mail. It mentions my thesis which I completed some two decades back, but under a wrong and meaningless title.
Subhash Parihar from India

Karthick N said...

Thanks for the warning! I got the mail from Dmitrii Ghimisli!

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