50 Cent Using Twitter To Pump Up Stock... But Is It Legal?

from the seems-sketchy dept

We're all familiar with stock market pump and dump scams that have been around forever, and often show up via spam, but what happens when someone famous gets in on the game. Apparently, rapper 50 Cent started pumping the stock symbol of a penny stock for a company that is distributing a new pair of headphones that he's associated with. The stock then surged, increasing the company's value by $50 million. Oddly, when I look at the Twitter account of 50 Cent, I no longer see the Twitter messages in question, which makes me wonder if he realized he might get in trouble for those tweets. Of course, there's nothing wrong with giving stock advice but if he didn't disclose his own association with the company, he could run into serious legal problems from both the SEC and the FTC, who have been looking to crack down on "sponsored" tweets that don't properly disclose a relationship.


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    theangryintern (profile), Jan 11th, 2011 @ 9:20am

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    John Doe, Jan 11th, 2011 @ 9:54am

    Why would anyone listen to 50 cent?

    50 cent is over priced by about 48 cents.

     

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    average_joe (profile), Jan 11th, 2011 @ 9:54am

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    That's awesome!

    This stock closed at 10 cents per share on Friday, and then it opened at 45 cents per share Monday morning.

    http://instantrimshot.com/index.php?sound=yeehaw

     

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    Frankz (profile), Jan 11th, 2011 @ 10:05am

    So, who got in at 10 cent and cashed out at 45?
    50?

     

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    Marcus Carab (profile), Jan 11th, 2011 @ 10:18am

    Re: Why would anyone listen to 50 cent?

    Yeah, he's a pretty annoying musician. But it turns out he's a pretty good businessman (or knows how to surround himself with good businessmen) because he has turned his thug image into a highly successful enterprise.

     

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    ChimpBush McHitlerBurton, Jan 11th, 2011 @ 11:17am

    Pump and Clump

    I'd be tempted to short this stock after the artificial rise, if I didn't know that my position would be completely illiquid.

     

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    simon, Jan 11th, 2011 @ 12:47pm

    50 cents got his name for how much he would charge to bend over the wall, afaik he came out from the prison a rich man.

    Whore!

     

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    framitz (profile), Jan 11th, 2011 @ 2:18pm

    I'm no lawyer, but...

    It sounds like a felony to me.
    And he knows it, too late to take it back now.

     

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    AutoTweet (profile), Jan 16th, 2011 @ 11:58am

    Pumping up a stock like that on twitter doesn't sound legal to me. It shows the power of celebrities as much as the power of twitter.

     

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    suzena, Jun 16th, 2011 @ 11:11pm

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    Neil Johnson, Sep 15th, 2011 @ 7:30am

    Celebrity Greed

    Unfortunately, the name of the game for celebrity is to get what you can now and don't worry about what else happens or to who.
    It is also breeding a generation of people with the same attitude even though they are not celebrity, thus propogating the I want now generation.

     

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    teenoie, Jan 18th, 2012 @ 1:52am

    Re: Why would anyone listen to 50 cent?

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    Sincere, Feb 21st, 2012 @ 7:20am

    why would any not listen to 50Cent

    Why would you not listen to 50 cent AKA ferari 50 he is one of the world's greatest businessmen and bas proven that time and tuna again with his financial decisions and their outcome

     

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    Sincere, Feb 21st, 2012 @ 7:20am

    why would any not listen to 50Cent

    Why would you not listen to 50 cent AKA ferari 50 he is one of the world's greatest businessmen and bas proven that time and tuna again with his financial decisions and their outcome

     

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