Hijacking By Email: A New FraudMethod


1 Faculty of Medicine,Mashhad University of Medical Sciences,Mashhad, IR Iran

2 Department of Community Medicine, School of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, IranTel: +989155084676; Email: dadgarmm@mums.ac.ir


Abstract Research misconduct is not a new problem in the research field. However, in recent years, the researchers themselves could be a victimof a newly expanded trouble: being hijacked by email. Being obsessive about publishing one’s research results and finding the “real journals” seems not to be enough in recent years. In this article we will have a closer look to this issue and discuss two real examples happened to us. At the end, there are a few tips which could be helpful in encountering with such issues. We hope that dessiminating such data could raise the public and academic awareness and finally eliminate the expansion of this fraudmethod.


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