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Request for Articles/References
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0568  Monday, 1 March 2004

[1]     From:   Thomas Larque <
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        Date:   Friday, 27 Feb 2004 15:57:57 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0553 Request for Articles/References

[2]     From:   William Proctor Williams <
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        Date:   Friday, 27 Feb 2004 18:08:52 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0553 Request for Articles/References


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From:           Thomas Larque <
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Date:           Friday, 27 Feb 2004 15:57:57 -0000
Subject: 15.0553 Request for Articles/References
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0553 Request for Articles/References

 >Further, because of the way the letter is addressed it is clear
 >that she/he/they is using either the MLA Directory of Periodicals or the
 >MLA list of Useful Addresses.

It cannot have been based exclusively, if it was at all, on such
sources.  I received an identical E-Mail to the one sent to Stuart
Hampton-Reeves, from the same person, complete with the address "Dear
Professor;" despite the fact that the E-Mail address used is only
published on my website (http://shakespearean.org.uk) and the website
itself clearly identifies me as a University student.  I would suspect
that the E-Mail addresses have been found by trawling University
websites and other websites on related literary topics (which may not
have required any more effort than typing "Shakespeare" into Google;
certainly they had not read enough of my website to know who or what I
really was).

This is not necessarily a scam.  Iraqi Universities are genuinely in
difficulty, and it may be that some students are copying others, or that
all of them have been directed to do this by the staff.  A provable
University address as destination for any books might indicate that at
least real students are involved.  On the other hand, I am afraid that
like many others I find this too much like so much other spam for it to
really make me want to respond.  There is still a good chance that this
is some kind of confidence trick - something that would not be disproved
by a friendly and plausible E-Mail voice at the other end of the
conversation, which is common to many dishonest scams - or it could just
be that particular students find this a handy way to get provided with
free research and a personal library (I saw nothing much to suggest that
the Iraqi University would receive the books and articles after their
use), but I can only advise people to trust their own judgement.

Thomas Larque.

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From:           William Proctor Williams <
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Date:           Friday, 27 Feb 2004 18:08:52 -0500
Subject: 15.0553 Request for Articles/References
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0553 Request for Articles/References

Further information convinces me that the students at the University of
Mosul do indeed need our help.  A story from January in the Honolulu
Star-Bulletin

http://starbulletin.com/2004/01/19/news/story2.html

describes the situation in vivid terms.  And these two press releases
from the USAID

http://www.usaid.gov/press/releases/2003/pr031202.html   and
http://www.usaid.gov/press/releases/2003/pr031003.html

indicate to me that, no matter my initial skepticism, these students
need whatever help they can get.

William Proctor Williams

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