I am publicly retracting the following, and I am only leaving it here, to be evidence that I can make misjudgements also, and I don’t wish to try to hide this, only correct it:
See the comments here and my new postings for more details.
I received what I believe to be one of the most interesting attempts at social engineering this morning in my inbox:
Jacob:My name is Rob Bennett. My bio is here.I’d be grateful if you would take a look at an article I have written titledAcademic Researcher Silenced by Threats to Get Him Fired From His Job After Reporting on Dangers of Buy-and-Hold Investing.I think it’s a big deal. If it pulls you in, that would be super.If not, I of course understand and I certainly wish you the best of luck in all your future endeavors.Take care.
Here was my reply:
I think this appears be very interesting… as spam and potentially phishing… Can you tell me how you got my email, and have some proof you are a legitimate academic, who is really trying to further the world of knowledge, and not just have a “teaser version” of your writing.
Having almost fallen for ploys in the past, and once actually falling for a con-artist who was selling overpriced cameras at a conference, I recognize how easy it is for even those of us who should know better to have the same psychological forces within us such that social engineering might work on us also. In this case, while there is a chance my quick heuristic view is wrong, it seems most likely that this guy gathered a lot of emails from one of the research social networking sites, sent all of us this email through a mail merge, and is hoping we will buy his “article”. If he really wanted peer review, it wouldn’t be a “teaser” version. Although, if I have made a “False Positive” decision, then I am happy to reverse course, but he will have to prove me wrong for me to re-post a contrary view to my currently held one.