The Spam Diaries

News and musings about the fight against spam.
 by Edward Falk

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Excellent article on pump-n-dump spam in the Guardian

Submitted for your approval: It's the name on everyone's screen. But is Southridge Ethanol really such a hot stock?. This is an excellent Guardian article about how the pump-n-dump business works. It tracks a stock fraud involving U.S. company Southridge Enterprises, a firm based in Dallas, Texas.

What I found most interesting was that it looks like the company being hyped was part of the scam. I had always assumed that the scammers were simply picking a penny stock at random and using it for the scam. However, the Guardian article dug much deeper into the scam and found what looks like active involvement on Southridge's part.

Oh, and if you're curious, this chart shows both share price and volume during the scam. As you can see, a lot of people fell for it, and they all lost money in the deal.

Wouldn't the world be a better place if all those people who buy stocks based on anonymous spam emails could just be fined the money up front for being dumbasses? They'd still lose the money as before, but then the rest of us wouldn't have to deal with the spam.

Seriously though, why aren't their brokers warning them before accepting the order? I'd bet this could even be done automatically with online trading systems.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good article by The Guardian. Thought you may also be interested in this eWeek article too, if you haven't seen it already:,1895,2060235,00.asp

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