Another fake conference?

Are phony academic conferences the new Nigerian princes of the internet? An email inviting recipients to a conference on human welfare and the global economy, said to be taking place in January and February of next year and featuring talks by some of the top scientists in the field, is making the rounds. Last week, I received an email from someone going by the name of Alyssa Logan, who claimed to be "Youth Leader" at a group called the Action World International Organization (AWIO) and a membe

By | November 24, 2009

Are phony academic conferences the new Nigerian princes of the internet? An email inviting recipients to a conference on human welfare and the global economy, said to be taking place in January and February of next year and featuring talks by some of the top scientists in the field, is making the rounds. Last week, I received an email from someone going by the name of Alyssa Logan, who claimed to be "Youth Leader" at a group called the Action World International Organization (AWIO) and a member of the International Committee of the Red Cross. In the message, Logan invited me to the "Seventh Annual International Global combine Conference on Global Economy and Human Welfare" that AWIO was hosting. The conference would take place over the course of ten days at two separate sites, the first in New York City and the second in Dakar, Senegal in Africa. All I had to do was get in contact with the conference secretariat, one Grace Nathan, and I could be on my way to the meetings. And -- get this -- I would even get my airfare and accommodation paid for! There's only one problem. When I contacted the linkurl:AXA Equitable Auditorium,;http://www.aepgny.com/auditorium.html the 400-seat venue where the New York City portion of the conference was to be held from January 25th to the 29th of next year, they had never heard of AWIO, or the conference they were supposedly planning. "No such event is scheduled for that location," said Chris Winans, senior vice president of external affairs for the AXA/Equitable Production Group. Further confirmation that the conference was a sham came from the International Committee for the Red Cross, which told me that they had no record of an Alyssa Logan belonging to their organization. An email to Nathan went unanswered, but when I replied directly to Logan at an "ireland.com" email address, she wrote back from a different email the next day. "Thanks, you mail was received and am happy for your acceptance to the invitation and also for your interest in today Economy," the email read. "I will be forwarding your mail to the conference secretariat in other for them to assist you with more information regarding registration purpose. You will receive a response from the organization secretary soon." Logan closed by writing "See you in December!" December? I have yet to receive a response from the conference secretariat. After some searching, I managed to find a linkurl:website;http://www.awio.isgreat.org/ for AWIO, and discovered that they have posted an linkurl:agenda;http://www.awio.isgreat.org/index.php?p=1_7_Agenda for the meeting. Several prominent doctors and researchers who work in the public health field are listed as speakers on the agenda, so I decided to contact them and ask about their involvement in the conference. "I've never heard from them," said linkurl:Kevin Schulman,;http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/faculty_research/faculty_directory/schulman/ director of the Center for Clinical and Genetic Economics at Duke University, who was scheduled to give the opening speech on February 1 in Senegal. Schulman said that being listed as a speaker without his knowledge at a conference that isn't likely to even take place was a first for him. He also told __The Scientist__ that the scammers had apparently done at least a little research in planning their ruse, because the list of speakers did represent key figures in the field. "If you had a health policy [meeting]," he said, "these are names that you would see." Experts listed on the agenda included linkurl:Robert Berenson,;http://www.urban.org/about/RobertBerenson.cfm a physician who studies Medicare policy at the Washington, DC-based think tank the Urban Institute (the agenda misspells Berenson's surname "Branson"); and linkurl:Glenn Steele,;http://www.geisinger.org/about/president_bio.html president of the Geisinger Health System, a physician-led healthcare provider based in Pennsylvania (the agenda comically misspells Geisinger as "Gunslinger"). The roll call of speakers seems to have been copied directly from the agenda of an actual meeting that occurred earlier this year. Schulman, Berenson, and Steele all spoke in February at the linkurl:2009 National Health Policy Conference;http://www.academyhealth.org/content.cfm?ItemNumber=1528&navItemNumber=2012 (NHPC), hosted by health services research center Academy Health and held in Washington, DC. Many of the other NHPC participants are listed in the fraudulent agenda for the AWIO meeting. (Even Senator Ted Kennedy, who died in August, is listed as a speaker at the upcoming conference.) I can only assume that the scam involves getting hapless recipients to take the free airfare and accommodation bait, sending personal or financial information to the "conference secretariat." The fact that the perpetrators of this con took the time to at least partially familiarize themselves with big names in any particular field of research signals increasing sophistication among SPAMmers. This makes two seemingly linkurl:phony conferences;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/55895/ that __The Scientist__ has uncovered this year. Beware the lure of expert-packed meetings in far-off places. If the deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. __Update (1st December): Ronan Murphy, tech project manager at ireland.com (the legitimate service provider being used by "Alyssa Logan" to email these fraudulent invitations), told __The Scientist__ that the "AWIO" has been abusing the email service for quite some time. Apparently, the scam involves getting unsuspecting victims to send in their passport number and other personal information as part of conference registration. Murphy said that he routinely blocks Logan and other users using an ireland.com email address to send out the fake conference invitation from using the service.__
**__Related stories:__***linkurl:Conference kerfuffle hits scientists;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/55895/
[19th August 2009]
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c mcmillan

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November 24, 2009

At first glance, I thought this might be a story on the University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit scandal.
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Glenn Melero

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November 24, 2009

I have seen this on home rental offers, Ebay buyers, Craiglist, and now this! They all want your personal info. The thieves of this world are incredible. Their broken English used in their response emails is the dead give away. TOOLS!
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anonymous poster

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November 24, 2009

I'm never invited to conferences so when that would happen, I know it's a shame
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anonymous poster

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November 24, 2009

These kind of scams have been around for a while. The goal is both to harvest personal information as well as getting a victim to wire funds for registration or hotel reservations. See for example http://www.joewein.de/sw/419-fake-conferences.htm \n\nI haven't seen one that is targeted as a scientific conference yet. Most are policy related.
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anonymous poster

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November 25, 2009

This is despicable. We should all be very careful. However where is the Nigerian connection? The crook notedly used an Irish email address and the African city is not in Nigeria. Are we branding all crooked schemes as Nigerian? How come this is Nigerian?
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Moses Zaruwa

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November 25, 2009

Dear Bob,\n Thanks for your timely alert on the fake conference. I guess many will be saved from these brood of no goods. However, I want to point out that your hasty conclusion on the fact that "Nigerians" were behind this scam has no base. The names and places you mentioned has absolutely nothing to do with Nigeria. How you drew your conclusion that Nigerians were involved still baffles me because there was no mention of it in your write up. Please, get your facts before pointing accusing fingers next time.\nMoses Zaruwa
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anonymous poster

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November 25, 2009

I am really struggling to see why the Nigeria reference. Why continue perpetuating the negative stereotypes about Nigerians, very disappointed and wouldn't expect that from The Scientist. I'll have to avoid reading your articles knowing that you have these kind of views. Imagine tarnishing a whole country of millions of people based on a very small minority who choose to do wrong. Very, very disappointed.
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anonymous poster

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November 25, 2009

My jaw dropped at the Nigerian reference so I am another voice to say that I am REALLY not impressed at the stereotyping. Might have seemed clever to the writer/editor at the time but it's not acceptable. A blot on an otherwise excellent publication.\n\n\n
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Alison McCook

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November 25, 2009

The first line of the article is not at all meant to imply that Nigerian princes are behind the conference, nor is it a slight on the people of Nigeria. It is a reference to the stereotypical SPAM emails from people claiming to be Nigerian princes who need your help -- and money. \n\nWe in no way wish to insult the people of Nigeria. Our apologies if that is what came across.\n\nAlison McCook\nDeputy Editor

November 25, 2009

\n\nA calendar for inaction? No. It?s simply not knowing how to deal with conflict in real life\n\n\nOn April 11/09 I read a very interesting article: ** Systems Biology and Its Application to the Understanding of Neurological Diseases. Ann Neurology 2009** and sent the pdf to my colleague and ex-husband. I knew he had planned to write a review on systems biology and neurodegeneration. He responded:\n\n** Thanks for the reference - it is highly relevant and I will read it very carefully for further insights and suggestions**. \n\nFew days later, I sent him a couple more articles on related topics. I know that he?s very good in pushing known concepts into novel perspectives. I indicated that I would be very happy to read his final version. We communicated several times and I finally got his final draft. It was excellent and I sent him my comments and suggestions.\n\nOn July 17, I asked him if he had decided where to submit it. He said:\n\n**I will be submitting a proposal for the review to Molecular Neurodegeneration - and, if accepted will tailor the review for that audience. Have a tentative figure - also subject to change for that audience. Most of the other review journals have a page (or word) that is about half the length of my review. I plan to work on the revision while in Califormia (July 21-Aug 3) and will send to the revisions when ready**\n\nOn 07/30/09, he e-mailed me: ?Sent proposal for review last week and haven't heard back?.\n\nOn 07/31/09, I asked him again and he e-mailed me a word attachment:\n\n**21 July 2009\n\nDr. XYZ\nMolecular Neurodegeneration\n\nDear Dr XYZ\n\nI am writing to seek your approval and acceptance for a proposed review on the role of systems biology on neurodegenerative disease for submission to Molecular Neurodegeneration. The tentative title, author, address and abstract are listed below. I also describe my familiarity with the target area as well as the scientific relevance and lack of recent reviews on the topic.\n\n\nTitle: The impact of systems biology on the nature of neurodegenerative disease\nAuthor John Smith\nAddress: Division of Pathology, University of ABC School of Medicine\n\nAbstract: In the post-genomic era, there is growing realization that cell function is determined by complex interactions of macromolecules. High-throughput screens and in silico analyses reveal extensive structural and functional interactions between genes and gene products that form highly complex networks of interactive components. It is the premise of systems biology that interactive networks, rather than individual pathways, are the principal determinants of cell function. Hence, ongoing function of cells and tissues depends upon the nature and extent of multiple interactions at any particular moment in time and space. In the nervous system, these phenomena occur simultaneously in many diverse types of cells. As a result, complex interactive networks can be viewed as underlying the function and dysfunction of the nervous system and this perspective is highly revealing as to the pathogenesis and mechanisms of disease. The concept of systems biology provides novel insights into poorly understood and problematic issues, such as the highly selective degeneration of neurons-at-risk by widely expressed mutant proteins as well as complex relationships between genotype and phenotype of disease. This review examines a spectrum of neurodegenerative diseases from the perspective of systems biology. (187 words)\n\nExpertise in the target area: As neuropathologist, I have had a special interest in the pathology of neurodegenerative disease and have followed closely experimental studies which bear upon the pathogenesis or mechanisms of disease. My own experimental studies have focused on neurofilaments, their cellular and molecular features, feedback mechanisms regulating their expression and their role in maintaining motor neuron homeostasis. Experimental studies have fostered a close interests in gene regulation (at the DNA and RNA levels) as well as appreciation of advances in the post-genomic era that have led to and support the concepts of systems biology. Most of systems biology has been directed at basic levels of interactions among macromolecules, however, I have been interesting in the application of systems biology to disease states. The latter provides very interesting perspectives and insights into the nature of neurodegenerative disease.\n\nScientific relevance of the topic: The concepts of systems biology have evolved from advances in basic molecular studies, including (1) the complete sequencing of several genomes, (2) the recognition that extensive untranslated regulatory elements far outweigh the very small amount of protein-encoded DNA in the human genome, (3) the growing awareness of the importance and complexity of miRNAs, piRNAs and siRNAs in regulating gene expression and cell function and (4) high-throughput/in silico analyses of numerous complex protein-protein interactions in cells and tissues of functional and dysfunctional states. The findings support the view that pathways are embedded in complex interactive networks and that interactive networks regulate transitioning of genotype to phenotype. Much of systems biology has dealt with interactions and algorithms of high throughput studies using simple biological systems. However, the underlying concepts are highly relevant to all biology, to the functioning of all cells and tissues and to a better understanding of disease and disease mechanisms. The power and impact of systems biology is particularly applicable to neurodegenerative disease in that it is able to address and explain poorly understood phenomena. \n\nLack of recent reviews on the topic: I am not aware of any reviews that have analyzed or applied the concept of systems biology (i.e., the role of interactive networks as principal regulator of cell function) to the pathology, pathogenesis or prospective treatment of neurodegenerative disease.\n\nI thank you for your consideration of my request and look forward to your response.\n\nJohn Smith\n\n\nEND OF WORD ATTACHMENT\n\nWeeks passed and I kept wondering if he had received any answer from the Editor. When I asked him, he said **no word yet**.\n\nOn 08/26/09 after alerting him that he should contact the Editor and ask him, he said:\n\n**Rafi, I am becoming increasingly aware of the problem of translating the principles of systems biology to disease mechanisms and the resistance of investigators who study disease and have based their research on the primacy of specific pathways (vs networks) in the pathogenesis of disease**\n\nOn 09/04/09, I sent him a pdf on a related subject and he responded:\n\n**Right now, I've put the review on hold and have been updating myself on recent publication in neuropath as well as in neurobiology as it relates to disease**.\n\nConclusion: My colleague and ex-husband has given up on the review for now.\n\nIs this a calendar for inaction?. No ladies and gentlemen. I will dare to advance a different explanation. \n\nThe alternative explanation is that Great Ivy Temples keep maintaining ancient Furas, at very high cost. Not only economic cost but also intellectual and ethical cost. These Furas have tentacles with pervasive influence, including influence in their subordinates. There are subordinates, who do not know how to deal with conflict in real life situations, and their resort is to place themselves in the corner of the forgotten and submissive colleagues. I have been a witness for a number of years at one of the Greek Ivy Temples. It may well be that in few months one of the Multiple Awards Winners come up with an ?academic review in the subject? in Science, Nature or Neuron.\n\nOne question: if Governance at Great Ivy Temples does not know how to deal with conflict in real life (and they are having a conflict for a long time), can we expect established, junior Investigators, postdoctoral students, scientific staff etc to exercise their right and responsibility to deal with conflict?. \n\nIs this a reasonable way to spend millions and millions of NIH dollars in Training Programs???. Is oversight working at any level?.\n\nYou just tell me.\n\n\n\n\n \n\n\n
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anonymous poster

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November 25, 2009

Its not totally out of order to suggest that Nigerians might be behind this fraud. \n\nHere are some articles:\n\n"'Scam comic' kidnapped in Nigeria \nhttp://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8353578.stm \n\nA prominent Nigerian comic actor who is famous for singing a song about e-mail scams has been kidnapped. \n\nMr Owoh is the star of at least 77 Nollywood films, with titles like Big Man... Big Trouble, and The Master - a film about e-mail fraud. \nThe song was banned from being played on the radio. \n\nIn the satirical film he plays an e-mail scammer who makes a living duping "greedy white people" with advance fee fraud e-mails. "\n(Maybe the fraudsters kidnapped him)\n\n"Nigeria in big scamster crackdown \nhttp://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8322316.stm \n\nMany of the fraudsters use internet cafes \nNigeria's anti-corruption agency says it has shut down some 800 fraudster e-mailers and arrested those behind 18 high-profile "cyber crime syndicates". \n\nThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said it has been working with the computer giant Microsoft to crack down on the scammers. \n\nEFCC head Farida Waziri said her agency was now using "smart technology" rather than raids on internet cafes. \n\nCorrespondents say Nigeria is seen as a centre for web scams and spam e-mails. \n\n\nIt will take Nigeria out of the top 10 list of countries with the highest incidence of fraudulent e-mails \n\nEFCC head Farida Waziri \nCyber crime has remained a big challenge to Nigeria's security agencies despite efforts made in recent years to counter it. \n\nThe con tricks - known as "419 scams" after the penal code that outlaws them in Nigeria - are often run by well-organised gangs. \n\nAccording to an EFCC statement, Ms Waziri said the new operation, called "eagle claw", would be fully operational within six months. \n\n"It will take Nigeria out of the top 10 list of countries with the highest incidence of fraudulent e-mails," she said. "\n\n\n
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Richard Jarman

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November 25, 2009

Having read the story about the fake conference yesterday, it was with some amusement and skepticism that I read the invitation I received this morning to the Second Int'l Conference on Drug Discovery & Therapy in Dubai from Feb 1-4, 2010. Why would I receive such a thing when I have no conncection with the field? Suspicions were further heightened by the prospects of free gala dinner, lunches during the conference and visits to shopping centers all happening in sunny Dubai in February. Too much!! I did a bit of research and visited the website. I noticed that one of the many media partners listed was The Scientist. Maybe not fake after all?\n\n
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anonymous poster

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November 25, 2009

I am so disappointed that the best way to sell bad news internationally seems to be taging it to Nigeria. None of the good Nigeria(n) news make headlines, except bad ones. It is even more pathetic that this story is linked to Nigeria, without proof of originating from Nigeria. The new world pandemic is not HIV/AIDS but NIGERIAPHOBIA. Worst of all is that this comes from The Scientist.
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anonymous poster

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November 25, 2009

I have received numerous such emails inviting me to "unrelated" conferences. you dont need an IQ of 100+ to simply delete them !
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Richard Jarman

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November 26, 2009

Reading all the indignant comments taking offence at the "Nigerian" reference amazes me how willing people are to be offended these days. The context of the analogy was obvious, and in no way was Nigeria or Nigerians implicated.
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steve vaitl

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November 28, 2009

In researching this posting, did you happen to find an recourse that can be used to either stop (or more likely slow down the spread) or find/"capture" those responsible for this scam? I know in the US, anyone that has already been defrauded by an internet scammer can contact the FBI to file a complaint. How far they investigate, I can not say.\n\nAre the organizations mentioned in the scam taking any actions to help prevent this from being used successfully?

November 28, 2009

\n\nHello Steve, \n\nNice to meet you. I don?t know what you mean by scam. For years, I have been receiving daily thousands of spam messages and I have simply placed them in the trash without reading them. I know that my colleagues used to do the same. However, I know that if you write letters of complaint to the NIH and send a power point making fun of how the peer review system work or doesn?t work, the FBI can come to your house at 5.00 a.m. and put you straight into jail. I cannot say, however, who filed the complaint to FBI.\n

November 28, 2009

\n\n "I cannot say, however, who filed the complaint to FBI". \n\nI cannot say does not mean that I am not free to speak. It means that I don't know WHO filed the complaint.
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Alison McCook

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November 30, 2009

We are media partners for the ICDDT event in February -- which is indeed a real conference.\n\nAlison McCook\nDeputy Editor
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anonymous poster

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December 30, 2009

I thought I would share this invitation I received from BITs with the readership of The Scientist because it unfortunately sounds much like the fake conferences mentioned. \n\nMy hope is that the readers and the sponsors of legitimate conferences can respond on how an invitee can distinguish fake from real anymore.\n\nFour things worried me about this invitation from a BITs conference.\n\nFirst, the name of the person of chinese origin was "Andrew" Tang and Andrew was part of his email address. The invitation was full of spelling errors and was written in poor English - hardly a trade mark of a high end conference organizer.\n\nSecond, I was not only asked to speak, but also organize a topic and an entire session and invite the speakers for that session.\n\nThird, I was only going to get my "registration" fees reimbursed if I got sufficient speakers to register, but would have to pay for hotel and all other costs to be a part of this conference (estimated to be $3, 000).\n\nFourth, it was sponsored by the Chinese government, but to be held in SINGAPORE!\n\nIn other words, I did all the work and still paid the organizers to attend the meeting!\n\nIt goes without saying, I turned down the invitation after some email exchanges with the supposed organizer.\n\nThe original invitation and an email response follows:\n\nSubject: Call for Speaker at NeuroTalk-2010,Singapore\n\nNeuroTalk-2010\n\nTheme: From Nervous Functions to Treatment\n\nTime: June 25-28, 2010\nVenue: Singapore Expo, Singapore\nWebsite: http://www.bit-neurotalk.com\n\n\nDear Dr. XXX,\n\nBIT is honored to welcome you to speak at Track 1-13: Neurochemistry of the 1st Annual World Congress of NeuroTalk (NeuroTalk-2010) which will be held at Singapore Expo, Singapore during June 25-28, 2010. It is a dedicated event for global neuroscientists with a theme of "From Nervous Functions to Treatment".\n\nThe meeting is co-hosted by Information Research Center of International Talent, State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs and China and China Medicinal Biotech Association, and operated by Foreign Experts Databank of SAFEA-Dalian Biotechnological and Medical Experts Subdivision and BIT Life Sciences. It is designed to provide a strong platform for professionals from both academic and industrial sections to make experience exchanges around the world. Neurologists, neuropathologists, neurosurgeons, neurooncologists, neuroscientists and pioneers in Neurosciences R&D will be invited locally and globally to speak on a variety of topics including basic neuroscience, CNS, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Drug Discovery, novel technology and device for Diagnostics and Therapeutics, and Business Development in Neuroscience Industries. Target participants include local and overseas medical professionals and delegates from leading biopharmaceutical companies across the world.\n\nNeuroTalk-2010 consists of 6 main symposiums, panel discussions, free communications, poster presentations, and Exhibition booths that will cover all the main neurological aspects and will give you the opportunity to be updated in all the sectors in neurological sciences.\n\nScientific Programme at a Glance\n\nSymposium 1: Basic Research of Neurosciences\nSymposium 2: Novel Technologies & Medical Devices for Neuro Disorders\nSymposium 3: Medical Research of Neurodegenerative Diseases\nSymposium 4: Anti-Neurodegenerative Drug Discovery & Development\nSymposium 5: Diagnostics, Therapeutics and Clinical Management\nSymposium 6: Business Development in Neuroscience Industries\n\nLying almost on the equator, Singapore is the most developed city-state in the southeast of Asia but it is carefully stage-managed combination of Western modernity and treasured Eastern and colonial past that makes Singapore such an accessible slice of Asia. In the crowded streets of Chinatown, fortune tellers, calligraphers and temple worshippers are still a part of everyday life. In Little India, you can buy the best sari material, freshly ground spices or a picture of your favorite Hindu god. In the small shops of Arab Street, the cry of the imam can be heard from the nearby Sultan Mosque.\n\nOn behalf of the organizing committee, we will welcome you to Singapore, with the aim of combining science and pleasure, leaving you with good memories.\n\nFor more information, PS: http://www.bitlifesciences.com/neurotalk2010/\n\nLook forward to your reply!\n\n********************************************************************************************************8\nPS: We expect your precious comments or suggestions on the structure of our program, also your reference to other speakers will be highly appreciated. We look forward to receive your replies on the following questions.\n1. Would you like to join us as a Science Advisory Broad member?\n\n2. What topic would like to talk about at our conference? Could you please forward us a speech title and a brief introduction to the topic?\n\n3. Do you have any suggestions about our scientific program or want to chair/ co-organize one of the sessions?\n\n\n\n\nSincerely yours,\n\nMr. Andrew Tang,\nProgram Coordinator\nOrganizing Commission of NeuroTalk-2010\n26 Gaoneng St., F4\nDalian Hightech Zone\nDalian, LN 116025, China\nTel: 0086-411-84799625\nFax: 0086-411-84799629\nEmail: Andrew@bit-neurotalk.com\nWebsite at: http://www.bit-neurotalk.com\n\nDear Dr. XXX,\n \nIt?s our honor to hear that you are interested in the conference. There maybe some problems with our website temporarily. Please check it later. We are welcome you to speak at Track 1-2: Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience. We shall appreciate it if you send your certain topic to us soon.\nAs for the travel expense, you could enjoin free registration fee if you could recommend 3 speakers.\nIf you have any questions, please feel free to connect us! \n \nSincerely,\n \n \n \n2009-09-29 \n________________________________________\nAndrew \n\n\n\n
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anonymous poster

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March 2, 2010

Still laughing :-)\n\n发件人: kayla\n发送时间: 2010-02-23 15:59:00\n收件人: \n抄送:\n主题: Fw: RE: 046 - Oral Presentation Opportunities at WCIT 2010 T2-1\n \nDear Dr. XXXX,\n \nThanks for your reply. You are welcome to give a speech in session 2-1.\n \nYour speech title is very interesting. Would you please forward us your abstract and biography within one week? Attached is the format for you.\n \nIf there is any question, please feel free to contact me.\n \nLooking forward to hearing from you soon.\n \nSincerely yours,\n \nKayla\n \n2010-02-23\nkayla\n \n发件人: XXXXX\n发送时间: 2010-02-22 21:45:09\n收件人: zaylin1@webbitmail.cn\n抄送:\n主题: RE: 046 - Oral Presentation Opportunities at WCIT 2010 T2-1\n \nDear organizers,\n \nI would like to give a talk in the following session:\n \nSession 2-1: System Biology and Computational Immunology\n \nThe title of my talk could be:\n \n"FuckU: A novel framework for fake conference identification."\n \nStop harassing real scientists you annoying pricks,\n \nXXXX
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Alex SIgma

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April 1, 2010

Here is the email from BIT´s congress in China I received:\n\n\nThis is writing from the Organizing Committee of BIT?s 1st Annual World Congress of Immunodiseases and Therapy (WCIT-2010). We wonder if you?ve received the invitation from us. We sincerely hope you would join our event which would be held during May 15-18, 2010 in Beijing, China. Website: http://www.bitlifesciences.com/WCIT2010/\n\nFollowing is the message we have sent. Thank you very much!\n-----------------------------------------------\nBIT?s 1st Annual World Congress of Immunodiseases and Therapy (WCIT 2010)\n\nTheme: Boosting Health and Vitality\n\nTime: May 15-17, 2010\n\nVenue: Beijing International Convention Center, China\n\nWebsite: www.bitlifesciences.com/wcit2010\n---------------------------------------------\n---------------------------------------------\n\nI´m planning to attend but I don´t know if it is a fake or a real conference\n\nAny suggestion???

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