Email forwarded to me from

Email forwarded to me from my journalist friend:

Hello Sir. My name is M**** S****** and I work with ******* in New York City. I am currently researching for a conference that we will eventually host on Biometrics. It will probably focus on security or commercialization. I was reading your article, “Put a Finger on It”, and I was hoping that we could do a research call, and that you could recommend people to contact. I look forward to hearing from you.

M**** S******

My friend’s reply:

Mr. S*****, Thanks for your email. Indeed, I have a large number of contacts in this field as I’ve been following it closely for some time now. My consulting rate for this kind of project is $500/hour. Please let me know when you’d like to schedule the call. Thank you, D******