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February 20th, 2008
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chutzpah, n.
Received on the job yesterday (highlighting mine):

[Scan of a junk fax, with closeup on the legalese.]

Allow me to translate into LOLcat for those of you screaming "Teal Deer":

give me moar, i must line my litterbox

I can think of three circumstances that might explain this:
  1. FCC and/or market regulations actually require this level of honesty. Cool!
  2. The sender has spent $33,000 to openly mock the people he wants to lure into his scam. And it'll work anyway, resulting in a net transfer of wealth from stupid to smart. Cool!*
  3. The sender still has a conscience and can be saved. Cool!

So, no matter how you look at it, this junk fax is filled with win.

* I'm a populist at heart. But let's be realistic: We'll never eliminate inequality in the world. And if there's got to be inequality, why not embed it in an actual meritocracy for once?

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Date:February 21st, 2008 05:14 am (UTC)
There's a possible #4 - that it's using the classic con tactic of trying to get you to think that you're the one performing a scam - i.e., by shorting the stock in question since the letter says in a "please don't notice me" typeface that the stock's going to go down.
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Date:February 21st, 2008 12:39 pm (UTC)
Well spotted, I agree.

The statement about 'we might be delisted' is definitely trying to get the greedy to short the stock, the theory being that they'll never have to buy. My guess is that they're working 'pump and dump' in both directions.
Date:February 21st, 2008 07:34 am (UTC)
I'm inclined toward #2; he pretty much tells you he's going to sell stock he's holding and drive the price downward, after encouraging you to buy it.

It seems like a "legal scam", in theory. Although with the courts today.....
Date:February 22nd, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
It's somewhat like a shell game or three card monty. Everyone knows it's a scam, the scammer is relying on you to believe you can 'beat the system', it's a gullibility tax.

Plus, he has a very large litter box.
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