The penny stock pump and dump scheme is the longest running pink sheet scheme still in practice today, but it is difficult to control because of the way it works. Since the barrier to day trading has been reduced by advances in computers and internet availability more people are becoming addicted to trading stocks and making money in this market. The newcomers to day trading are often more susceptible to manipulation because they are often following technical trading patterns laid out in books, but even more experienced traders can get caught up in these schemes.
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Be careful because penny stock fraud is frequent and pervasive. I don’t mean to scare you away from penny stock trading, however you need to realize that many unscrupulous individuals are out there eager to exploit newbies in this field.
The SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) estimates that penny stock fraud costs the economy billions of dollars every year. As stocks not on the NYSE or NASDAQ often do not need to fulfill the same standards to trade within Pink Sheets or the OTCBB, they can be much more susceptible to being manipulated and falsified online.
While some microcap fraud may occur on the NASDAQ Small Cap Market, a vast majority of stock fraud occurs in the OTC Market. So proceed with caution and always do your due diligence when trading penny stocks. Continue reading