I’ve recently been alerted to several phishing attempts that involve scholarly open-access journals. The phishing attempts try to lure scholars into submitting papers without ever visiting the publisher’s website. One example, illustrated above, involves people misrepresenting themselves as the publisher Elsevier. They aim to conduct all business through email, so they will never direct a potential author to a website. Another example is less sophisticated and involves a fictitious publisher called PJ Publication.
I don’t know of any cases of anyone actually being successfully tricked by these scams, but I just wanted to document that they are happening and warn scholars to be on the lookout for these or similar scams.
A PDF of the two phishing emails is here.