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The Evolutionary Microcosm of Stock Spam
January/February 2007 (vol. 5 no. 1)
pp. 70-72
Adam J. O'Donnell, Cloudmark
The most rapidly growing spam category, stock spam, doesn't advertise a product for sale nor does it provide a Web site where the recipient can purchase a product. Much like conventional spam, stock spam follows a standard format: the first half of the message announces the stock ticker with price targets, and the second half consists of a snippet of the company's recent press release. The goal isn't to motivate the recipient to use a brokerage service owned by the spammer, and rarely does it try to promote the spammer's company. Like every other email-based scam, the goal is to convince people to spend their money with little real potential for gain; unlike other scams, though, it cloaks its true nature by wrapping itself in the relative allure of financial markets.
Index Terms:
spam, stock spam, advertisements
Adam J. O'Donnell, "The Evolutionary Microcosm of Stock Spam," IEEE Security & Privacy, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 70-72, Jan.-Feb. 2007, doi:10.1109/MSP.2007.22
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