I received a curious e-mail yesterday. It was from a GMail address and the writer said that they worked for a major publisher and that they'd found me through writers.net and wanted to ask me some questions because they were screening new writers from Asia for their "East Meets West" program. I asked him some further questions such as where he worked, what the program was about etc. and I received an e-mail from him saying that he worked for Bantam Dell and that I appeared to qualify for their program and that if I agreed to their guidelines (which was attached as a PDF with the Bantam Dell logo) that I could go ahead and submit my manuscript and that he'd go ahead and get it processed.
Now the thing is, there are a few red flags here (or maybe I'm being paranoid :p) Why use a GMail address instead of a Bantam Dell (or Random House) e-mail address? I can't seem to find any information about an "East Meets West" program at Bantam Dell. The PDF file had a rather glaring grammatical error and it really wasn't much of a submission guideline since it didn't state what they were looking for or even how the submission should be formatted - it was simply 6 - 7 points which said things like it will take 4-6 months, no phone calls, no personal interview during this time etc.
So my question is, is this legit? Has anybody else heard of an "East Meets West" program at Bantam Dell?