How to tell a stock is likely a Pump and Dump - Pump and Dump 101 lesson #2
When the message boards get filled with childish posters who instead of debating the merits, or lack thereof of a company instead resort to desperately trying to change the subject as best they can. They will not answer any questions, will call easily verifiable data a 'lie', and try as hard as they can to derail the topic. These pumpers try and bury and questions they feel threatened by with posts that have nothing to do with the company. It is plain to see why they resort to such tactics, because they cannot fight for the company on any sort of factual level. So instead their reaction is to try and deflect, and if that fails try and spam the forum. After witnessing the childish action of a pumper, your decision on who to believe becomes very clear. Do you come to a message board to research, get information, and ask questions? Or to listen to the homoerotic ponderings of a pumper fantasizing about crotch-less underwear on a guy?
A stock is usually a pump and dump when it attracts investors that spam the message boards like they are off their meds. These are usually the people that cannot judge reality on a daily basis for what it is, and have about the same sense when it comes to stocks. They are usually identified by repeated blathering postings that make no sense. They also have a paranoia complex that makes them think other posters are agains them, and "racist" among other things. Occasionally they slip into homoerotica and post about mens panties and things like that. To any potential investor, you must ask which stocks attract such unhinged people and if you want to be associated with them.