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Monday, 9 June 2008

Amazon.com - reverse pump and dump or blackmail?

I received this unintelligible email from an IP address in Russia (, probably relating to the recent mystery outage at Amazon.com.

Subject: Amazon.com In what a problem?
Date: Mon, June 9, 2008 7:14 am

News agency Reuters informs about not to working capacity of a site amazon.com in
current of two weeks since June, 9th and corresponding it to falling of share price. Be close
at work with them.
What gives? My best guess is that someone is trying to either drive the share price down (perhaps they have a put option), or perhaps it is part of some blackmail plot relating to the amazon.com outage.

Unfortunately for the bad guys, the email is completely incomprehensible. As spam, this one is definitely destined for the failboat.

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