Stock prices were climbing and Rob Shmaltz was excited. He worked in an advertising agency as a writer and he constantly was investing in penny stocks. He remembered the story of Bre-X. It had been a fraud but a friend had bought ten thousand shares at twelve cents and sold them at a hundred and fifty dollars a share. Rob wanted to emulate that success story but so far he was not having luck. The most a share had gone up was forty seven cents.