Update: Lambert Academic Publishing and VDM Verlag are apparently not a scam. A reader wrote to me to mention that VDM published her PhD thesis and those of several friends. These can be purchased at Amazon.
It is unfortunate that LAP and VDM use unethical marketing practices in support of their legitimate business. I apologize to anyone who was misled when I believed them to be a scam.
Last month I received spam from “Lambert Academic Publishing”. I published the whole thing, and it seems many others have seen the same thing. According to a commenter, Lambert asks for bank information to facilitate the deposit of royalties. Clever.
The Lambert website is sophisticated and looks trustworthy. It includes names of part of the executive team, so I submitted the names to Google’s new product, Google Square. Very quickly, I was able to discern that they are in fact executives of a publisher called VDM Verlag. Verlag appears to be legitimate but some Google searching suggests they’re perpetrators of a similar scam.