Stock Market Spam - Hash Buster Text And Hash Busting
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Date: 2 February 2007
Received from graphic as <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hash busting at its best, adding text before and after the image, allowing the image blend into the text.
Date: 1 February 2007
Received from "Rosanna Darden" <email@example.com>
Subject: President Clinton's stepfather dies at age 91
We will try it today morning, restricts are removed, market are waiting for detonation.
And today morning this company will start to grow fast.
We hope you didnt sell you shhares yet.
Because today we will try to push up the charts and get additional investors from there.
Cooommpany: WEST EXCELSIOR ENT (WEXE at PK)
Company need aprox 250k $ to finish it's new project.
After thet price will go to the sky.68756A6E786867777468753374756C737A457E6A797574786872
Watch WEXE traddde on Feb 1!
This one will definitely be a runnner!
A spammer trying to be creative, but if you read this e-mail carefully you will easily see its flaws. First the spammer tries to catch the reader's attention with a shocking subject line. The problem is, this e-mail was sent on 1 February 2007. It is obvious that this spammer has lost track of time because Clinton is no longer president (for quite some time now). It is interesting to see how stock spammers play with the hash busting text from e-mail to e-mail. Instead of adding the text at the end of the e-mail, the spammer puts it in the body of the e-mail.
Date: 11 January 2007
Received from Pinksheets alert! <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: You must buy BMOD right now!!! Hurry up The alert is ON!!!
BIOMODA(BMOD.OB) TRIPLE YOUR INVESTMENTS WITH THIS STOCK
FORECASTS FOR YOU IS ONLY POSITIVE JUST BUY THIS SHARE!!!
THIS SHARE'S PROFITABILITY IS VERY LOFTY YOU CAN SEE IT ON OUR SITE.
COME ON. THE ALERT IS ACTIVATED BUY IT ON FRIDAY
GOOD GROWTH POTENTIAL STOCK ESPECIALLY FOR YOUR BUSINESS.
YOUR BROKERS MUST GET IT RIGHT NOW HURRY!!!
Stock spammers playing with colour. The spammer tried to hide the hash buster text by placing the text, displayed at the top, inside the HTML header and the text at the bottom just after closing body tag. For some strange reason the spammer messed up the HTML by nesting one HTML document within another and therefore the hash buster text was displayed as a result of this bad coding error.
Date: 10 December 2006
Received from "Billie Neff" <email@example.com>
Subject: Sagge Stock Watch
MARKET ADVISORS RESEARCH
"Technical Analysis for Today's Investments"
Stock Symbol- STRONGHOLD INDUTSRIES, Inc. (SGDS.PK)
Market Cap $40.9M
Recent Price- $0.18
Short-Term Price- $1.40
The Home Integration Services Market Combniing Entertainment, Security and Technology is Ready to Explode! Don't Miss Out! Find out why Tech Giants like Intel, Tech Data, and Ingram Micro are Aggressively Building a Presence in the Intelligent Home Market.
SGDS Is Rumroed to be Receiving Commercial and Government Contracts, Creating Additional Revenue Streams
Business Wire (Mon, Nov 13)-
Stronghold Enters Government Contracting Market Through Joint Venture in Hawaii
Business Wire (Wed, Nov 1)-
Stronghold Surpasses $750 Million Asset Protection Milestone
Gross profit margins for monitoring are 80-90 percent per month per client.
Stronghold is positioning itself for expansion beyond the Southern California area as thei rhighly experienced management team is uniquely positioned to grow the company through a horizontally-integrated strategy and their cost-effective, service-rich products and services such as home theaters and next-generation security systems
Stronghold has the financial muscle to substantially accelerate progress toward their key strategic initiaitves as a technology-driven home security provider.
Stronghold Industries, Inc. a Premium Intelligetn Home Provider, provides a variety of digital convergence and technology integration services to a wide range of clients. One of the company's primary services is assisting clients with their digital home control and entertainment solutions. Up to this point the company's primary market consisted of high-net worth individuals that demand the best in security, the latest technological advancements, and unmatched customer service. The Stronghold product and installation team has over 90 years collective experience in the component parts of home integration serving the high-end residential market. Due to rapid growth, Stronghold has expanded its product and service capabilities and they include:
- Security and Surveillance systems;
- Real-Time Video Monitoring services;
- Homer Automation systems;
- Networking and VOIP systems;
- Lighting systems;
- Fire Protection and Control;
- HVAC and Digital Temperature Controls;
- Automated Backflow prevention systems; and
- Entertainment-Video, Audio and Home Theater systems
The company is fully financed to complete its intermediate-term goals. We are looking for some very positive developments from the companyo ver the coming weeks and months. Stronghold has developed a unique concept and is the first company in Southern California to take the consolidated corporate process and deploy it in the field of home integration. Because of this we believe SGDS is primed for dramatic growth and is undervalued at this price of $0.40.
ANALYST- Officers of Market Advisors, Inc. have been in business since 1983 and have provided stock market research for their clients since 1985. Company officials have been frequently quoted in a wide array of financial publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Barron's, The Dick Davis Digest, Moniresearch and many others. We have on staff the former editor of the Marketarian Newsletter, a nationally syndicated stock market neswletter published over twenty years.
WATCH THIS STOCK GO HIGHER AND HIGHER
Any statements made in this press release that are not based on historical facts are "forward-looking statements," as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Although such statements are based o nmanagement's current estimates and expectations, and currently available competitive, financial and economic data, forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain. We, therefore, caution the reader that there are a variety of factors that could cause business conditions and results to differ materially from what is contained in our forward-looking statements. For a description of some of the factors which may occur that could cause actual results to differ from our forward-looking statements please refer to our 2005 Voluntary Annual Report, and in particular the discussions contained under "Risk Factors." This is a paid advertisement.
You will probably not believe us when we tell you that this e-mail also contains hash buster text. The spammer cleverly hid the text within the small rulers between each section of the e-mail by shrinking the text to an illegible size with the following HTML code:
<SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 2px; COLOR: #000000; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent">the text is added here</SPAN>.
When you format the following block of text with the abovementioned HTML code:
...you get the effect of a horizontal ruler looking like this:
Date: 12 October 2006
Received from "Rosendo Eldridge" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: foes called him
TR ADERS WATCH OUT
WAT CH SBNS TRADE ON THURSDAY OCT 12!
Trade A lert: THURS DAY, October 12, 2006 Company Name: SHALLBETTER INDS INC (Other OTC:SBNS.PK) Price: $0.95 SYMB0L: SBNS.PK 5-day Targ et: $10
- Shallbetter Industries, Inc. Provides Geological Information Relating To Initial Resource Property In Mongolia READ MORE ONLINE!
Shallbetter Industries Inc. (SII) is a publicly traded mining company engaging in the acquisition, exploration and potential development of mineral properties in Outer Mongolia.
The company trades on the OTC market of the United States
under the trading symbol SBNS.
TRADE SBNS ON THURSDAY OCT 12!
THIS ONE IS SET TO POST HUGE GAINS AND RELEASE BREAKING NEWS!
Here you can see a classic example of a spammer trying every trick in the book to bypass the spam filters without distracting or confusing the reader. Did you notice how the words "TRADERS", "WATCH" and "Alert" are spelled. These words are commonly used in stock spam and may easily trigger a spam filter, so the spammers try to disguise these words by adding a space in a strategic position in the word. Notice the letters "zb6 at the end of the e-mail. This is yet another way of hash busting and is less distracting to readers than the methods used in the "Playing With The Subject Line" and "Common Stock Spam Terminology" examples. Some spammers use longer number sequences like the one in the next example.