It seems that this sort of thing isn't unusual at the Mail. Via Obsolete, MailWatch and Alex Hilton comes this:
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 13 February 2008 15:57
Subject: Response Source - Diana Appleyard , Daily Mail (Request for personal case study)
PUBLICATION: Daily Mail (Request for personal case study)
JOURNALIST: Diana Appleyard (staff)
DEADLINE: 14-February-2008 16:00
QUERY: I am urgently looking for anonymous horror stories of people who have employed Eastern European staff, only for them to steal from them, disappear, or have lied about their resident status. We can pay you £100 for taking part, and I promise it will be anonymous, just a quick phone call. Could you email me asap? Many thanks, Diana
Phone: not provided for use
Fax: 01296 738083 (preferred)
The more I learn about the Mail, the more despicable I realise it really is. Are there horror stories about Eastern Europeans stitching people up? Of course there are, because Eastern Europeans are, you know, people. Sometimes people aren't very nice.
Imagine if it turned out a journalist had sent round an email offering £100 to sources who could offer stories about Jewish people swindling them.