To: [alternate name for Ricardipus]
From: [a forum muppet]
Subject: PhD position
Message: Dear [alternate name for Ricardipus]. I went thru your profile and found ur connection in academics. I want to do PhD. I have scholarship of US $100,000 and wants a PhD position in Canada. Can you help me.
Very flattering. Just a few problems with this:
- Ricardipussssssssss doesn't wants nasssssty PhD studentssssssss. Wants fishesssssss, tasssssty fishessssssssss.
- I'm not a university professor, and therefore don't have an appointment in the local graduate school. Which makes it difficult, nay impossible, for me to take on a graduate student.
- Any student with a $100k scholarship ought to be able to choose any lab, anywhere, pretty much. This guy/gal sounds desperate.
- I will never hire anyone who uses the word "ur", even in a forum message. I've complained about this before.
The whole thing stinks of desperation, or perhaps with the sulphurous stench of a 419 scam. I suspect that if I responded positively, the next email would have asked me to help "liberate" the aforementioned scholarship from a nice, safe, but surprisingly inaccessible offshore bank account.