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Stockmarket Spam

"This stock is set to explode!". Well it might, but it might be more likely to blow up in your face. Admittedly if enough people are daft enough to be fooled into buying stock by spam then the value might go up, but this might be short-lived! Spam messages being sent out in their millions trying to convince people to buy, are not "inside information", and often aren't even the truth! They are rumour campaigns.

It's a bit like the mischievous plan to spread a rumour that there will be a shortage of toilet rolls. People often believe a rumour, so pretty soon panic buying causes there to be a shortage of toilet rolls.

In the same sort of way, a stockmarket rumour can make or break the somewhat fragile market. If it's built on shaky foundations anyway it's going to fall, or burst like the "Dot Com Bubble". Part of the problem is that some people who believe they are "traders" are more realistically amateurs, or "armchair investors" as someone put it. They'll often fall for a stockmarket spam campaign and unwisely buy stocks and shares. Another notable amusing point: Some of the stockmarket spam scam messages are ironically titled "THE BULL IS BACK". You don't need to be especially savvy to spot what the real meaning behind that can be! Can't you smell it?

But surely, if the market goes up, don't you make a profit? No! You don't! What happens is the market goes up briefly and then crashes. The spam senders know before the campaign and they can make a quick profit by selling early, leaving all the gullible fools stuck with the worthless stock. It's known as PUMP AND DUMP.

Curious as it may seem, the companies whose stocks are being traded are often not party to the scam at all. If they were, they could go to jail for it, as it's a criminal offence to artificially inflate the price of a stock or share, and spreading of false rumours is not really allowed by the authorities who run the stock exchange!

In a Pump and Dump spam scam, huge amounts of absurd optimism or pessimism is spread in a junk email campaign. The effect is a short-lived blip in the market. After that, the scamsters have made their money and are moving on to the next target, leaving everyone else with the problem.

It's doesn't take genius to suss out the level of reputability of a spam campaign where the message has been heavily distorted to deceive spam filters. (as per mortgage spam). Also, some of these pump and dump stockmarket spam messages contain subliminal material, which I CAN SEE, and this immediately rings alarm bells.

The moral of the story is: If you want to gamble, go to a proper online casino where you can take a chance on an honest game and you can win or lose! Or, if you want to gamble on the stockmarket, you should start with a level table. Get proper advice from a real financial advisor and INVEST WISELY.

If you would like to invest (gamble) in the stockmarket, a good reputable contact is TD Waterhouse. Your choice of investment is up to you, but try to avoid anything promoted in spam as it will be destabilised.

Extra Bonus Analogy: Suppose you got a spam message telling thousands of people that a horse race had been rigged and that you should bet your money on a particular horse. Don't you think the bookies would be wise to this? What odds do you think the punters would be getting? And, what would happen after the racing authorities did some checking up? See, it wasn't such a good racing tip after all!