Stock Market Spam - Common Terminology
Date: 19 January 2006 (Received on 20 November 2006)
Received from "Wanderley Carvalho" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: The Bull Alert
INVESTORS ALERT!! *** SYMBOL: IFLT ***
DATE: November, 20, 2006
Curent price: $0.008
Target price: $1 (same as in 2004)
Recommendation: STRONG BUY!!!
WATCH THIS TRADE Monday November, 20
THE UNDISCOVERED GEM! ONE OF THE BIGGEST
CRUISE LINE SERVICE AND TICKET SALES AGENCIES IN EURASIA
HAS JUST COMPLETED ANOTHER RECORD-BRAKING SEASON AND
IS LOOKING FOR FURTHER EXPANSION IN 2007!
GET ON THE "GROUND FLOOR" OF THIS OPPORTUNITY NOW!!!
CALL YOUR BROKER NOW!!!
Two very common terms used in stock spam appears in this e-mail "Bull" and "Strong Buy!". Other variations and common terms are "Ride The Bull Today" and "Very Strong Buy", "Hot Buy!", "This Stock Going To Explode!". Notice the large gap between the last line of the message and the hash busting text? Spammers soon realised that the senseless text at the end of each e-mail confused their victims, so they started to hide the hash busting text from the reader by adding page breaks until the text is no longer visible in a fully maximised window. So the message still contains the text needed to bypass the spam filters but the messages no longer confuse their victims, as long as they don't scroll to the bottom of course.