Spam Gold Rush

US and Canadian gold-seeking companies feature in unsolicited messages advertising investment opportunities

Whether this is the result of the harshening financial
conditions in the current economic turmoil or just the latest finding of spammers,
it looks like these days’ favorite is gold.

Gold Rush spam

Gold Spam

An interesting aspect is the effort these people invested in
the content posted on their Web sites advertising the fabulous discoveries and
the prospect of getting rich by buying their shares.


Gold Rush spam


Spam Rush

Just out of curiosity, I clicked the Investor Presentation and received a 20 MB PowePoint document
holding 36 slides, which tell the story of this company success and entice the
reader to invest.

Gold Rush

A word of advice – don’t! The rule of thumb when it comes to
spam is to not let yourself bewildered by tempting offers, no matter how good
they be, unless you want to end up completely bankrupt. If you really want to
make some money, you should probably consider taking a(nother) job!

About the author


With a humanities passion and background (BA and MA in Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest) - complemented by an avid interest for the IT world and its stunning evolution, I joined in the autumn of 2003 the chief editors' team from Niculescu Publishing House, as IT&C Chief Editor, where (among many other things) I coordinated the Romanian version of the well-known SAMS Teach Yourself in 24 Hours series. In 2005 I accepted two new challenges and became Junior Lecturer at the Faculty of Letters (to quote U2 - "A Sort of Homecoming") and Lead Technical Writer at BluePhoenix Solutions.

After leaving from BluePhoenix in 2008, I rediscovered "all that technical jazz" with the E-Threat Analysis and Communication Team at BitDefender, the creator of one of the industry's fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified security software. Here I produce a wide range of IT&C security-related content, from malware, spam and phishing alerts to technical whitepapers and press releases. Every now and then, I enjoy scrutinizing the convolutions of e-criminals' "not-so-beautiful mind" and, in counterpart, the new defensive trends throughout posts on

Balancing the keen and until late in night (please read "early morning") reading (fiction and comparative literature studies mostly) with Internet "addiction", the genuine zeal for my bright and fervid students with the craze for the latest discoveries in science and technology, I also enjoy taking not very usual pictures (I'm not a pro, but if you want to see the world through my lenses, here are some samples, messing around with DTP programs to put out some nifty book layouts and wacky t-shirts, roaming the world (I can hardly wait to come back in the Big Apple), and last but not least, driving my small Korean car throughout the intricacies of our metropolis's traffic.