I assume that others who read this blog occasionally get unsolicited emails from people claiming to be philosophy students living in Asia or Africa, asking for copies of books they've published. The email usually beings with some complimentary remark about the importance of one's work, then is followed by an account of how poor the Philosophy collection is at the student's University, and concludes with a request to send to the student copies of one's recently published books .
Has anyone responded to these requests? Are they legitimate?
I ask because today I received by ground mail a strange note of this kind from someone in Asia. The note instantiates the usual form described above. But then it includes a photocopied bibliography from one of my recent publications, with roughly half of the entries circled in red. The student asks me to send her everything that's circled. The circled materials include Word and Object, several famous journal articles, one of the recent Oxford Handbooks, and my most recent book. The letter closes with the sentence, "Please send me books, articles."
Of course, I'm going to ignore this request. Has anyone else gotten something this strange recently?