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Monday, 12 October 2015

Pump and Dump spam: SAFSD / Safer Shot, Inc

This illegal pump-and-dump spam is trying to promote a failed stock SAFSD / Safer Shot, Inc:

From     "StockTips.com" [paul@stocktips.com]
Date     Mon, 12 Oct 2015 14:59:09 +0200
Subject     My newest stock tip is here

Statler here.

My NEWEST MONSTER PICK is - Safer Shot Inc. And they trade under the tickersymbol

I don’t know if you know this, but technically, 0.0001 is the lowest that astock
can trade at on the open market…

0.0001 is THE FLOOR!

So it stands to reason, if you get in at the ground level (THE FLOOR ), thestock
CANNOT go lower.

So technically you have limited your downside.

Go buy SAFSD NOW and quadruple your money quick!
There is a slightly different version of the spam with the same body text but a different sender..

From     "StockTips.com" [Alerts@subpenny.com]
Date     Mon, 12 Oct 2015 21:16:49 +0330
Subject     My newest stock tip is here
For a technical analysis of just how shitty this stock is, this write-up at Hot Stocked explains it nicely. The company is worth virtually nothing, but by virtue of having an astonishing 1.16 trillion shares issues at 0.0001 cents each (the lowest a share can trade at), it has a completely unrealistic market capitalisation of $116 million. This is basically a ridiculously stupid way to manipulate the markets and quite how they are allowed to do it is a mystery.

The point of this spam is to try to get the stock price to move even just a little bit, so somebody who holds a substantial amount can try to make some money off some suckers who will lose pretty much everything they put in.

Hot Stocked notes that this is a "promoted stock" but there is no guarantee that StockTips.com is actually sending out this tsunami of spam. So far I have seen 500+ unique IP addresses which have the characteristics of an illegal botnet.

Whoever is sending out these spam messages is breaking the law. Anybody who tries to invest in this stock is likely to lose out. Remember, despite the claim that a 0.0001 cannot go any lower.. if the company folds, then they will probably be worth precisely nothing. Avoid.

StockTips.com categorically denies any involvement..

 ..but because I have looked into StockTips.com before I had another look to try and deduce who the mystery owner is and discovered the apparent site operator.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Pump and Dump: "Go buy DJRT right now" / Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure Inc

This illegal Pump and Dump spam is pushing stocks in Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure Inc (DJRT):

From:    PennyStockCrew [info@pennystockcrew.com]
Date:    10 June 2015 at 10:18
Subject:    Go buy DJRT right now!

Dear Traders,

Our alert DJRT is doing so amazing that you are probably regretting you didn't buy it yet.

I'll tell you this point blank. If you didn't buy DJRT you are an idiot. Take 1 or 2k and go buy it right this second because it is going to go absolutely ballistic.

DJRT is the stock of the minute, of the hour, of the moment and my stock pick of the year!

GO buy DJRT right now and watch it kick past 10 dollars in a heartbeat.

You are signed up to my alerts at www.pennystockcrew.com

Thank you for being a loyal member.

Sincerely yours,
Penny Stock Crew | info@pennystockcrew.com | Michael Killian | PO Box 110226 | Nutley, NJ 07110

The email is almost definitely nothing to do with pennystockcrew.com but is instead being spammed out by a criminally-controlled botnet.

DJRT is a loss-making stock which probably doesn't have good prospects according to it's own SEC filing.

The P&D spam started on 10th June, and we can see from the trading data that somebody bought 1.8 million shares just before the spam run started [via]

Date Close/Last Volume
13:18 0.045 167,875*
06/10/2015 0.041 850,878
06/09/2015 0.045 470,269
06/08/2015 0.044 1,355,516
06/05/2015 0.0132 0
06/04/2015 0.0132 0
06/03/2015 0.0132 1,000
06/02/2015 0.02 0
06/01/2015 0.02 5,002
05/29/2015 0.0269 5,000
05/28/2015 0.0175 10,000
05/27/2015 0.0175 0
05/26/2015 0.0175 0
05/22/2015 0.0175 5,600
05/21/2015 0.0175 1,362
05/20/2015 0.0175 0
05/19/2015 0.0175 1,652
05/18/2015 0.0175 0
05/15/2015 0.0175 0
05/14/2015 0.0175 61,000
05/13/2015 0.0175 0
05/12/2015 0.0175 0
05/11/2015 0.0175 0
* This data reflects the latest intra-day delayed pricing.

This activity pushed the stock price up from 1.3 cents to nearly 5 cents. In recent years stocks have never traded particularly highly, but they recent dropped to the 1 cent area after trading from 2 to 5 cents.

Usually with a pump-and-dump spam such as this, it is either the spammers who are trying to manipulate the share price, or a stock holder seeking to boost the value of the shares so they can sell them. I have no evidence at all that anyone connected with Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure Inc has anything to do with this.

Typically, stocks promoted through P&D spams such as this will collapse after the spamming has finished, leaving investors out of pocket. Often the companies are on the verge of bankruptcy anyway, so investors sometimes lose everything. This too is likely to be a poor investment. Avoid.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Spam: Confederation MineraIs / Confederation Minerals (CNRMF) pump-and-dump

This high-volume pump-and-dump spam run is promoting the Confederation Minerals (CNRMF) stock, although the spam itself intentionally mis-spells it as Confederation MineraIs with a capital "I" replacing the lowercase "l".

From:     TheStreet  
Date:     9 October 2014 12:29
Subject:     The Stocktip Of The Year

 You've been patient for a while now and finally it's time.

Confederation MineraIs (CNRMF) is on the verge of exploding.

Thats because they have hundreds ofmillions of precious metals on their property and they are weeks away from beginning to dig it out and selling it up the distribution chain.

It is trading at such a bargain right now that CNRMF is a no-brainer.

Snap up as many shares of it as you can today before it goes up too high.

Everyone is certain that we will see it hit past 40cents before month's end.

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We can see clearly from the Yahoo! Finance page that CNRMF is a disaster area. The stock has slumped from $1.33 in April 2011 to $0.06 today.

Usually the shares are very thinly traded with either zero trades or trades in the low thousands on most days (average trades are about 2000 per day or $120 at today's prices) . The reason for the poor share price is apparent when you look at the financials. As with several other stocks promoted through spam (especially mining stocks) there is zero income and only a bunch of expenditure.

The spam argues that this is going to be OK because CNRMF are sitting on an enormous pile of precious metals which they are shortly going to be selling off. Of course if they were actually sitting on a goldmine then the smart thing to do would be hold onto the stocks until the money comes in. In reality, the chances of this happening are approximately zero.

There doesn't seem to be a particular pattern of stock buying going on, which indicates perhaps that the pump and dump spam is being arranged by some existing stockholder trying to cash out.

Only a fool would invest in CNRMF in response to this sort of spam message. Avoid.

UPDATE 2014-10-10: a second version is now being spammed out..

From:     Thanh Ford
Date:     10 October 2014 15:50
Subject:     Sorry for my late reply

Hi [redacted],

I got your voicemail yesterday about the stock tip you want, sorry I couldnt pick up the phone I was on with the wife you know how she is but please next time don't call the house line, I would prefer if you come in to my office instead. In person is always better. Anyway your timing is impeccable you are very lucky. There's this insane little company (confederation minerals) that was exchanging hands for like a dollar and a half last year and now you can grab it for around 10 cents. These guys are sitting on gold, literaly. They have proven reserves worth a few hundred mill and theyre about to begin digging out the stuff in a few months.

You better bet the stokc is gonna go nuts in the coming weeks when they make the drilling announcement. Take care and if you need anything else give me a shout. The stokc is CNRMF and if I were you id grab as many shares as I can, everyone at the office thinks this one is gonna go up at least 5x soon.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Inspiration Mining Corporation (T.ISM / ISM.TO) pump-and-dump spam

This pump-and-dump spam for Inspiration Mining Corporation (T.ISM) follows on from this recent spam run, but this time it is pushing it under a different stock ticker.
From:     YahooFinance Canada
Date:     15 September 2014 08:14
Subject:     Biggest Trade Of 2014

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I have a new stock recommendation for you.
The company is called inspirationmining and it's trading in canada under the symbol ISM. Currently it's priced at right under 10 cents but by next week it should hit 30 or 40 even. I know this because my wife's uncle is the geologist at the company and they literaly just struck gold.

Move quickly on this.
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According to reports here the shares were recently suspended due to the pump-and-dump run that the company denies is anything to do with them. However, my previous analysis is that the P&D run is (in my personal opinion) most likely being orchestrated by an existing major stockholder rather that someone buying into the stock in order to manipulate it.

The pump and dump spam does seem to have raised the stock price from about 7.5 cents to 10.5 cents [source] but the chances are that the stock is worth much closer to zero. Avoid.

UPDATE 2014-09-16:
More spam has turned up overnight..

From:     Financial Post | Canadian
Date:     16 September 2014 07:35
Subject:     ISM.TO Is Back In Position For A Huge Jump

Financial Post | Canadian Business News, Investing and Commentary

One Cent Alert That's Ready To Pop
Tuesday, 16th September 2014

    The only company that should be on your trading screen today
    This stock can double fast

the more you wait the more it'll cost you to pick up shares of InspiraitonMinnig Corporation ( ISM . TO on the canadian exchange). this junior miner has been soaring the last few weeks since their discovery of billions in precious metals on one of their properties. act fast before cheapies run out.

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Date:     15 September 2014 17:01
Subject:     ISM.TO Alert: Possible +280pct Rally This Week

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Did you catch my report on already?  | Believe me when I tell you that this rare chance only comes once a year, if we're lucky. There is an amazing company trading on the canadian market called InspirtaionMiningCorp (symbol is ISM.TO) and they are sitting on hundreds of millions of precious metals reserves. From Copper to Gold and Silver. As they begin extracting them soon we expect investors to take notice and the share price to soar past a dollar!
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...as you can see my latest stokc tip is going up like never before. i told you to take a look at [-ISM.TO-] (inpsirationMining) trading on the canadian exchange and since i contacted you about it we have seen tremendous gains. that company is literaly sitting on gold and other precious metals. make sure to buy it before it goes nuts. 

Friday, 29 August 2014

IRMGF (Inspiration Mining Corporation) pump-and-dump spam

Here's another pump-and-dump spam pushing a stock that as far as I can see is utterly worthless.

From:     WallStreetOTC Daily
Date:     29 August 2014 13:36
Subject:     This company is about to go ten fold.

WallStreetOTC Daily

August 29, 2014

Billlions in proven reserves just found

Dear Investor,

Every once in a while a ridiculous deal presents itself. IRMGF (or inspiration miniing corporation) is a junior miining company that has properties in Ontario, Utah and Chile and has just found massive reserves of nickel, copper platinum and other rare metals. Walstreet is about to start buying up shares in IRMGF this very quickly as it is so cheap right now trading at just under 10cents. I expect to see this hit a dollar next week. Move quickly.

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IRMGF trades on the Toronto stock exchange, it appears to have no income or cash assets but does have land holdings in Ontario. In May 2007 the share price was up to $6.82, today it is around one-hundredth of that at $0.073 a share, according to this data. There are around 75 million shares and options, which gives the firm a nominal market cap of $5.5m.

Trading levels are normally close to zero, but in late May and early June around 5.5 million shares were bought at about $0.15, since when the price halved.

Sometimes there is a pattern of share purchases just before the pump-and-dump operation, but that does not seem to be the case here.. so whoever is promoting this illegal spam run most likely already holds stock in the company.

Don't be tempted to buy stock in this company.. somebody is probably trying to cash out and is using this illegal method to try to maximise their returns. Normally when the P&D spam finishes, the stock price collapses leaving people daft enough to invest out of pocket.

UPDATE:  there have been many more of these over the weekend..

From:     SuperStocksTIPS Daily
Date:     29 August 2014 19:14
Subject:     This company just struck gold. Cashin on the rush.

SuperStocksTIPS Daily

If you are reading this now you must act very quickly.

I.R.M.G.F (inspiration.miining.corp) is about to blow up. They have just found billiions worth of minerals on their properties and the stokc is about to soar to new highs. My analyst told me that we could see shares go up by as much as 15 times in a span of days. Move fast before bargainprices run out.

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Date:     30 August 2014 11:33
Subject:     (IRMGF) has produced big gains this week!

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If you can get sharres in this company for less than 15cents you are very lucky. It is currently at slightly under 10cents but we expect that itll soar a lot today. I.R_M_G_F (inspiration miningg corporation) just found billlions in proven reserves, special, rare and precious mettals.

We expect to see shhares cross the 2dollar range next week. Act quickly before its too late.


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Date:     30 August 2014 15:46
Subject:     Critical news information read now

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If this company doesnt at least triple im retiring

My prediction is coming true.

I told you I R M,G:F, inspraition miningg corp, was going to soar to new highs.

Since the company discovered 4billion worth of proven metal reserves it has become the target of Walstreet invesstors looking to cash in on the rush.

Analysts are predicting a rise to over 1dollar in the coming weeks from a current price of 11cents.

Be swift and grab sharres first thing tuesday morning.

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From:     The OTC Bulletin Board
Date:     31 August 2014 18:51
Subject:     Gains of over 55 percent! Momentum is strong!

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Happy labor day week end.

As you know , inspiration miniing corporation, IR:M,GF is up over 55% for the week on massive news on metals discovery.

The company is now sitting on more than 3billion worth of preciousmetals reserves. Sharess are tradinng at 11cents right now and are expected to reach more than a dollar each next week.

Move fast to grab cheapshares on tuesday while you still can.


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Date:     1 September 2014 06:39
Subject:     Ready? Last reminder

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

IGPK (Integrated Cannabis Solutions Inc) pump-and-dump spam

There seems to be a low-volume pump-and-dump spam run promoting IGPK (Integrated Cannabis Solutions Inc), the second recent spam I've seen for a cannabis company after this one.

Date:      Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:15:06 +0400 [07/21/14 13:15:06 EDT]
From:      carolinehopkinsd@arcusinvest.com
Subject:      Check out this company that investors buy

Dear Classified Investor,
If you have been watching to the news, I am sure you have
learned about this new and exciting gigantic business that
everyone is talking about, right in USA! We're talking about
medical marijuana and the colossal Dot Bong Boom currently
a secret, backdoor way to get some of the best potentially
lucrative marijuana investments in the world! Published by
the WSJ, legal marijuana could be the next big thing. This
legal marijuana company is, effortlessly, the utmost
possibly lucrative purchase in this domain right now. I
G_P-K +4% on Friday the 18th of July, seems is groomed
totally for a popular surge up the graphs that can bring
openly compensate us five hundred percent or more. Don't
wait, take 5 minutes and invest early this week, while I
G_P-K is still available for purchase before Wall Street
learns about it! 
IGPK has a turnover of about $2m but is haemorrhaging cash which is not a good sign, but it doesn't mean that the company is necessarily going to fold.

It looks like some sort of stock promotion started last month, but this is simply low-grade spam. However a look a the stock chart shows that the spam run has pushed up the price by 45% to $0.08.. but that is down from $0.74 in May so the price has certainly slumped.

The mail originates from (Railcom, China) via a mailserver at (GNC, Armenia). Despite the "arcusinvest.com" domain in the email there is no evidence that it actually comes from this domain (that belongs to Arcus Investment Ltd, a real UK investment company).

Unless you want to lose out, you should never buy stock promoted by spam as the price tends to collapse as soon as the promotion stops.. or even while the promotion is still going on!

Friday, 20 June 2014

RNBI pump-and-dump spam: "Are you a go getter?"

This pump-and-dump spam is promoting a US stock Rainbow International Corp (RNBI) with false information designed to pump up the share price while someone dumps stock:

From: RealInvestments Daily Tip
Subject: Are you a go getter?

Hi [redacted],

Hope all is well with you and the family. I know you reached out to me last month looking for a good investment amid this crazy market. I must tell you it has been very hard to find something solid. Theres very few hidden gems out there and I honestly didnt even think I would be able to find something. That being said the best Ive been able to find is RNBI and when I say best, it really seems to be a god send. I told a few of my other clients about it last month as it seemed pretty cheap and it has gone up by more than 50% since. Im giving you a heads up on RNBI because I spoke with a few of my colleagues and they agree that it will hit a dollar some time in the coming weeks. Dont tell anyone you hear this from me please we're suppose to keep it on the down low. The company operates in the legalhemp industry, apparently the sector has been going nuts since colorado and washington made the stuff legal and apparently RNBI is going to announce some big news soon. Not sure what it is but my source is usually pretty spot on.

Take care and let me know if you need anything else. Ill keep you posted if I have some more news.

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At the moment there is only one subject and body text, but this will no doubt change as the spam evolves. A quick analysis of RNBI shows a company with no significant assets or income and no news or press releases indicating anything going on. The stock was aggressively pumped last month, but this latest round is using illegal spamming to try to promote the stock.

There are some anomalies with this stock. Despite having virtually no income or assets, the market capitalisation is still $52m which seems a lot. The stock chart shows that the price collapsed from a high of $0.59 late last year to $0.06 and then $0.09 before aggressive pumping took it up to about $0.20 or so, shifting around 34 million shares (or about $7m worth of stock). Before the pumping, the daily trade level was basically zero.

In my personal opinion, it is likely that this action is being taken by a major stockholder wanting to dump their shares for whatever reason. Remember that most stocks promoted by pump-and-dump spam collapse afterwards, so it is a good idea to give RNBI a very wide berth.

UPDATE 1. there is now a second wave of spam pretending to be from InvestorsHub which contains some junk text and an image with an MD5 of 0D179335984C7286F170C8354B69D4BF:

From:     InvestorsHub
Date:     20 June 2014 16:34
Subject:     Daily Stocks Tips

UPDATE 2. A third wave of image-based spam is on the way with a different embedded image.

From:     InvestorsHub News
Date:     20 June 2014 19:19
Subject:     This stock will go nuts today

UPDATE 3. Yet another image-based spam pumping RNBI is in circulation.
From:     Investors Hub Newsdesk
Date:     21 June 2014 07:11
Subject:     IHUB Newsdesk - This is the next big stock play

UPDATE 4. Two more versions of the pump-and-dump spam. The first version is surprisingly aggressive:

From:     Scottrade
Date:     21 June 2014 19:58
Subject:     Invest today. Cash Out next month

Dear conrad,

I was very furious when I listened to your voicemail last night.

You know, I did tell you about R N B I last month but you’re the one who was not interested in buying at the time. It was trading for just 10 or 15 cents if I remember correctly. You cannot now blame me by saying I didn’t tell you.

Anyway bullshit aside if you are still angry about missing the first wave I’m telling you its not too late but you need to listen to me now and buy as many s.h.a.r.es of R N B I as you can on Monday morning before they get too expensive and if you don’t it’s your own fault I don’t want you calling me again and leaving me another nasty voicemail.

I spoke with my analyst buddy who is working on this specific stock-analysis and he told me we should expect to see shares hit past a dollar within the next 30 days. Do what you must.

Take care
Your bud
Second version:

From:     TD Ameritrade
Date:     22 June 2014 17:21
Subject:     Another Big Report this Monday at the open!

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UPDATE 5. Now the spammers are pretending to be from Bloomberg:

From:     Bloomberg.com
Date:     23 June 2014 10:07
Subject:     Financial News: Our New Stock Alert!
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UPDATE 6.  This new version of the spam comes with a .VCF attachment which will install a contact into your address book:

From:     Money Runners
Date:     23 June 2014 15:59
Subject:     The Money Runners Group: More Gains This Week - Stay Tuned!

Hi [redacted], my name is Denise Stewart and i'm your new stocks adviser.

Check my vCard in attachement
Attached is a file name2.vcf which contains the following data:
FN:Denise Stewart
N:Denise Stewart;;;;
ADR:;;0659 LEE Tim Road;Denver;CO;80304;USA
ORG:Rainbow International, Corp. (RNBI)
NOTE:By the entrance ways at each end of the coach was a toilet.
A file like this is a contact card and webmail applications such as Gmail or email clients such as Outlook can add it as a contact.

The idea is that you'll wonder who the heck this person is and click through on the link to Yahoo! Finance, which shows the bump in stock prices due to the pump-and-dump run.

Ummm... well, it's an interesting approach but if people are daft enough to fall for this sort of spam then it might be a bit too subtle for them.

UPDATE 7. Two new variants. The first one combines some of the elements seen earlier:

From:     Tonia Maynard
Date:     23 June 2014 18:39
Subject:     We've Just Come Across Something Huge!

Hi [redacted]

The next one has new elements in it:

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UPDATE 9. After a brief pause, there's another format of spam. (Incidentally the pause in spam caused the stock price to drop 22%!)

From:     USMarketAdvisor
Date:     24 June 2014 21:53
Subject:     If you get in now you could triple fast

Dear member,

We've been trying to bring something with substance to you for some time now and we've finally found it. R.N.B.I is a stock that will make your portfolio shine again and give us the reputation as strong analysts. It is currently trading for 20 cents. If you can buy some shares at the current pricing you will be in for a hell of a ride as we are predicting that we will see R,N,B,I go to a dollar by mid july. This company is a very special one as it operates in the legal marijuana sector in Colorado. As you've probably heard, that sector is totally on fire at the moment and you would be a fool to think that marijuana is not getting legalized nationwide in the coming short while. Can you imagine what this will do to the price of R_N_B_I? The company is already having a hard time supplying enough cannabis to its customers as it is with just Colorado and Washington allowing legal sales. Imagine when the whole country begins asking for some. At 20 cents R-N-B-I is an absolute steal and I would load up as much as I can.

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UPDATE 10. Another spam this time, with the sender set to "FoxNews.com".

From:     FoxNews.com
Date:     25 June 2014 10:33
Subject:     BREAKING NEWS: Huge Winner Today! New Alert Inside

Once in a while there comes an opportunity that is too good to pass.
This time has come again. R*N*B*I is a diamond in the rough and this undervalued company is about to make us all very wealthy.
Our peers will look up to us and say "wow he's smart".
That's because if we can buy R*N*B*I for about 20 cents today we will likely get 5x our investment as analysts are predicting it will reach a dollar in the coming weeks.
TThere's also a bit of history behind this.
Just a few weeks ago the company was at 35 cents!
It has taken one step back and is getting ready to make 5 steps forward and we are lucky to be able to buy shares for as cheap as 20 cents right now.
It's not every day that a legal cannabis company can be bought for so cheap.

If we look at the historical chart and analysts' recommendations this looks like the perfect buy right now and I would get as many shares as I can at the current prices.

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UPDATE 11. A variation of the previous spam, this time purporting to be from "MovingPennies".

From:     MovingPennies
Date:     25 June 2014 14:15
Subject:     BREAKING NEWS: All Eyes On (R N B I)

There's been a lot of speculation about where the market is going.

Truth be told no one really knows but it seems like we can expect to see things continue going up a bit.
That being said more companies these days are really overpriced.
Would you get in google at the current share price? Or apple? Or coca cola? they all seem to expensive at the moment.
Instead I've been searching for an answer... R*N-B*I is a stock that is currently very undervalued and its 2-month chart tells a story.
Just weeks ago it was at 35 cents. Now we can pick it up for right around 20 cents and analysts are expecting it to reach a dollar in the coming weeks.
If that's not a good deal I don't know what is. The company operates in the legal cannabis industry.
They're set up in Colorado and there is a lot of action happening there right now as you know.
Colorado and Washington both legalized cannabis recently and the amount of money being made in the industry right this moment is mind boggling.

If I were you I'd buy as many shares of R-N*B-I as possible at these cheap prices.

UPDATE 12. The spam has evolved again, now pretending to be from MomentumOTC:

From:     MomentumOTC
Date:     26 June 2014 09:37
Subject:     This company will make us big bucks

In recent days R^N^B^I has become very cheap to invest in.
Shares are now trading for right around 15 cents and it looks like it is about to soar again.
Two weeks ago it was trading as high as 35 cents, so you can imagine how much of a bargain it is at the current levels.
For a company that operates in the legal canabis industry we are very lucky to get shares at 15 cents.

Analysts are recommending to buy-it-now.

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UPDATE 13. A new version of the spam is in progress (which still can't spell "cannabis"), this time pretending to be from "BestOTC Network, LLC":
From:     BestOTC
Date:     26 June 2014 14:12
Subject:     The top legal canabis company is here

Everyone is jumping on shares of R:N:B:I at 15cents right now.
They have never been so cheap in the past. Imagine if you wanted to grab it two weeks ago it would've cost you 35 cents.
Analysts are saying that the company is about to soar again and that they recommend buying as much as possible in the 15 to 20cent range.
R:N:B:I is one of the few companies on the market that is involved in the legal canabis sector.

Grab shares now!

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UPDATE 14. Despite all this activity, the stock price is tanking hitting a low of $0.10 which is about half what they were going for when the spam started. That's still about ten cents more than this company is worth in my opinion. This new spam pretends to be from "ClayTrader".

From:     ClayTrader
Date:     26 June 2014 19:12
Subject:     Watch this one double quickly

First target: $.19
Second Target $.25
Stop $.50

Sell on the way up at your target prices

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Saturday, 5 April 2014

RCHA / Rich Pharmaceuticals, Inc pump-and-dump spam

This pump-and-dump spam is trying to boost the share price of Rich Pharmaceuticals, Inc (RCHA)

From:     SuperStock Advisor
Date:     5 April 2014 16:37
Subject:     A biotech company that will make you big bucks

Think about it. What if you had the hunch to buy something low and sell it high. What if that clever move made you three or five times your principal? When is the last time you saw a stock quintuple within a few days?

R_C_H_A is a little biopharma company that you can buy for around 20 cents on Monday. A little bird has told me that something big is happening over there and that we can expect to see it go past a dollar before the end of the week.

This could be your move of the year, or even the best move of your life. Or you can just watch it pass by and do nothing. At least next time I present you with something you will listen with absolute belief and get to ride that wave. Last time I recommended a company to a friend it tripled in 3 days.

If you can buy R_C_H_A on Monday morning, consider yourself lucky and I want to hear about how much you will make this coming week!

So make sure to tell me!


From:     iStockAdvisor
Date:     5 April 2014 06:35
Subject:     One stock. Five times your principal.

My dear fellow investor when is the last time you actually made a few bucks in the market?

With this bull pattern going on it is hard to find a winner that will stand out and actually produce gains that are above average.

Not only do I believe that I've found a solid company but I am certain that I've found the next company that will quintuple in a heart beat.

RCHA is set to take the world by storm and this little pharmaceutical company should soar from current levels of 20 cents to over a dollar this coming week.

If you don't believe me just watch where it goes on Monday and I promise you, you will want to buy as much as you can to make sure you catch this rocket before it takes off. I expect to see it nearly double on Monday alone. God knows how high and how fast RCHA will go from there on.


From:     iBuyStock
Date:     5 April 2014 12:50
Subject:     The best stocktip for [redacted]
The last spam uses a GIF image (MD5 144f8295df4241d9a411b5a5b3f2c793)  plus a load of random text to try to fool spam filters.

Pump-and-dump spams are always a type of fraud, and the stock prices usually collapse very soon afterwards. The collapse in RCHA stock prices seems to be happening right now according to the stock chart.

The stock price crashed sharply on Friday 4th April, dropping by 31% as 417,000 shares were traded. RCHA's history is convoluted and they have very little in the way of cash assets and relatively large liabilities.

Often with pump-and-dump spam runs there is a pattern of buying before the spam starts, but in this case there is no discernible pattern which makes me think that an existing stockholder is involved in the operation, in an attempt to bolster the share price as they dump stock.


Update: here are some more samples that arrived overnight..

From:     iStocksInformer
Date:     6 April 2014 12:21
Subject:     This pharmaceutical could quadruple fast


What if you could get into a stock before it soared? I know it’s hard to time things properly. The market has been good overall as of late but it is getting harder and harder to make big gains in a short period of time.

I’ve found the next big mover, but you have to buy fast because on Monday morning you should be able to pick it up for around 20 cents. Come tuesday it could be too late. A reliable source has told me that we expect R.C.H.A to gain 5x its current levels and break a dollar before the end of the week.

They are working on some ground breaking stuff, and perhaps the FDA is about to approve something they have been working on?

I come across a situation like this very few times per decade. This is in fact only the third time I’ve been told about a company that is about to soar. If you can buy R.C.H.A for around 20 cents on Monday I would say that you are in great shape and I’d ride the wave up to over a dollar if i were you.

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From:     iTopStocksPicker
Date:     6 April 2014 10:02
Subject:     This little company could tenfold your investment, arwildcbrender


Update 2014-04-07: the markets have opened and the pump and dump spam continues, although it has changed pitch.

From:     iGoldenStocks
Date:     7 April 2014 18:02
Subject:     Already UP 58%!

This is the opportunity of the year. It has come knocking on our door and trust me I am not going to miss this chance. A trusted friend of mine told me that R* C* H* A is about to go from 20 cents to over a dollar. This little biopharmaceutical company has been working on mind boggling technologies to treat acute myolegenous leukemia and something tells me they are about to announce something huge.

What could it be I don’t know, but everything seems to agree on the fact that it will go up very fast. If you are amongst the lucky ones we should be able to buy shares for cheap on Monday. Like between 20 and 30 cents. If we can do that I’d say we are in great shape and we can expect to ride the train up to over a dollar.

I’ll be holding until then I hope you do the same too I want to see us pull as much as possible out of this. I am sick of playing the big companies that don’t produce much gains.

It’s time for a big move!


From:     iTopStocks
Date:     7 April 2014 18:06
Subject:     +58% in 1 DAY! Best Stock For [redacted]


In fact, at the time of writing the stock has increased in price by 75%. A big deal? A week ago the stock was at 30 cents, now it is at 35 cents.. but it dropped to 20 cents on Friday before the pump-and-dump run started. At the time of writing, almost two million shares have been traded. On a typical day there are zero trades.

Source: NASDAQ

But has the stock price actually gone up in value? All these figures show is a bubble caused by the pump-and-dump operation, I suspect that most of the sales come from whoever is behind the spam offloading stock onto unsuspecting investors.. and when they try to sell the stock they will end up taking a loss.

In the medium run, most stocks promoted through pump-and-dump spam runs collapse afterwards. I suspect the same thing will happen here.

Update 2014-04-08: two new variants this morning, both reflecting the share price from yesterday..

From:     MarketClub Top Stocks
Date:     8 April 2014 07:08
Subject:     Don't you deserve an edge in the market?

MarketClub Top Stocks

Do you remember me? Yes I emailed you a few days ago and I told you to watch R+C+H+A. This little biotech company has been working on ground breaking drugs and I advised you that you should buy shares in it on Monday morning for around 20 cents. If you don't remember, go back and look at your emails.

It has now pushed past 30 cents and it is showing very strong signs of continuation. Something tells me this stock will go past 2 or even 3 dollars in the coming days.

If you see the type of activity it is experiencing right now that's definitely not normal. Something absolutely massive is brewing for sure over there and there could be a phenomenal announcement coming in the next few days that will catapult the price much further.

This is not really tip *wink*, just a friendly advice. Make sure to buy as many R+C+H+A shares as you can.

You will be pleasantly surprised.

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From:     iStockMarketInsider
Date:     8 April 2014 05:38
Subject:     Top 5 Trending Stocks

StockMarketInsider Magazine   

As you can see the market is crashing hard the past few days.

If you want to make a few bucks you need to forget the general market and focus on this tip I gave you a few days ago. I mentioned it to you over the week end.

The little undervalued company is R|C|H|A and if you recall I told you to buy it when it was still at 20cents. Now It's passed 30 but it is still worth buying.

I think we will be looking at it trading in the 2-3dollar range next week.

Make sure to pick up a few shares if you can and you will be very impressed with the results. There's rumors that R|C|H|A could be on the verge of announcing some FDA approval for one of its drugs.

That may be why it's going crazy right now!

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Friday, 21 February 2014

PRFC (Epcylon Technologies, Inc) pump-and-dump spam

This pump-and-dump spam run happened last night, which would have been Thursday afternoon in the US. Usually spam runs of this type happen over the weekend, but this P&D run is not quite like others.
From:     Zelma Williams
Date:     20 February 2014 19:04
Subject:     Very important information. Please read

Hi [redacted]

I know you were expecting to hear back from me much earlier but I didn't want to get back to you empty-handed. I finally found the perfect stock for you and I am confident that it will make you some serious profit. Remember the one I told you about in November of last year right? You did very well on it and I think this PRFC stock will do the same for your portfolio again.
I have to let you know though that I'm not the only one who found out about PRFC today. A few of my colleagues are aware as well and they are telling their friends and family about it so I must advise you to move fast if you want to buy it. I think it's trading at just around 15 cents right now, if you wait too long it might be at 30 or even higher and at that time I won't be able to safely advise you to buy it. You can buy as many shares as you can first thing at market open on Friday or worst case scenario buy it on Monday but move fast.
I know you don't care about what the company does because you know I've done all the due diligence for you already but PRFC is actually amazing and I think it will do much better than even the one I told you about a few months ago.
One of the company's divisions offers mobile software solutions for the gaming industry. The mobile apps allow customers to play lottery and other games of chance and skill on their smartphones. The software is extremely advanced and could be the backbone of all mobile casinos in the future. It is expected that the US will legalize online gaming in the near future and this could catapult PRFC to new highs however even without that the company's software is extremely valuable in the rest of the world and could become extremely profitable.  Something big is definitely brewing at the company. I heard something about buy out rumors but I don't have all the details yet I will keep you posted over the coming days or weeks.
Anyway I won't bore you with much more blabber, but if you have a second do check out PRFC. By the way I will be expecting a nice gift from you once you make fat bank on this one and a nice dinner with the wives is in order. It's been too long since we last spent a good evening over a bottle of wine. I was going to call you to tell you about PRFC but I figured youre probably asleep now with those crazy shifts you've been working. Take care and call me if there's anything.

Talk soon
Your favorite friend and only broker :)
Appended to the spam is some random text to try to fool spam filters.

According to stock charts, this spam has been successful and has pushed up the Epcylon Technologies, Inc / PRFC price by about 40% in afternoon trading.

The chart shows that 72885 shares were traded in this period, moving stock up from $0.14 to $0.20, the highest value for this stock since August. Trading is normally pretty thin for this stock at between 0 to 10,000 shares per day, but it does sometimes peak higher.

Usually with pump-and-dump scams somebody buys a large quantity of a few days before the spam run. This doesn't appear to be the case here, which leads to the possibility that the spam run is being pushed by an existing stockholder (it is unlikely to be anything to do with Epcylon though). Another thing that differentiates this pump-and-dump run from others is that there does seem to be some mildly positive news about this company.

However, I would urge you not to buy these stocks. The usual pattern is that the stock price collapses shortly after the initial spam run when the party responsible for the spam cashes out.

The spam itself was sent to scraped email addresses and addresses taken from various data breaches, although there does appear to have been some basic listwashing done to evade detection.

Update: a second version is doing the rounds..

From:     Rowena Rasmussen caroline@ordernowapp.com
To:     caroline [caroline@victimdomain]
Date:     22 February 2014 14:48
Subject:     This is the best stock tip of the year

Dear Investor,

If you're tired of playing the market for mediocre gains then you should read on. I'm Mike Statler. Some of you may know me from my last good stock tip (WPWR) which more than tripled within a short period of time (feel free to check it out). Now I have a brand new tip and I will think you will be pleased. This one should go up more than 6 times from current levels.
If you are interested in making a quick gain overnight, this is not for you, but if you're serious about buying my new tip PRFC and you are willing to hold a few weeks and see magic happen then you're definitely at the right place.
If you remember correctly I told you a few days ago about PRFC. I advised you to add it to your watch list but at the time I could not recommend that you buy it as I had not completed my due diligence.
I have good news and bad news for you. The bad news is that it is already up about 60% since I told you to add it to your watch list but the good news is that I think it still has a lot of room to go up and I expect to see PRFC trading at over 2 dollars before the end of the month or by the end of the 1st week of march at the absolute latest.
The company makes indispensable software that powers the backend of mobile gambling platforms. You can buy lottery on your smartphone, spin the roulette, enjoy blackjack or even play a game of poker. All this from your iphone or android phone. This is absolutely revolutionary and as we get closer to complete legalization of online gambling in America this little gem that is PRFC could soar dramatically.
PRFC (or Epcylon Technologies if you prefer) is going to work wonders for my subscribers' portfolios. I even bought $15,000 of it myself today. THAT'S how confident I am in it. I'm putting my money where my mouth is and I am telling you to BUY PRFC too if you believe in me, and if you don't it's too bad. You will be sending me an email two weeks from now saying how you regret not buying when I told you to do so.

Happy Trading,
I'm Mike Statler.

Update 24/2/14: new versions replace the text with an image in an attempt to bypass spam filters.

Update 25/2/14: a slightly different image this time, presumably in an attempt to evade scanners