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Issue No. 01 - January/February (2007 vol. 5)
ISSN: 1540-7993
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.
spam, stock spam, advertisements

A. J. O'Donnell, "The Evolutionary Microcosm of Stock Spam," in IEEE Security & Privacy, vol. 5, no. , pp. 70-72, 2007.
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