Spam Emails Cash In on Rising Gold Price
A new wave of spam emails has hit the Web, cashing in on the rising price of gold and leaving gullible victims in the dust.
When the price of gold rose above $1,500 an ounce on April 20, it took just a few hours for online spammers to start chumming the waters with a new batch of enticing spam emails, with subject lines like, "Is Gold Your Ticket To a Golden Future?" Dermot Harnett, researcher for the security firm Symantec, wrote.
It didn't hurt that Fox News host Glenn Beck and former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson have both publicly endorsed the online gold dealer Goldline International on their television and radio shows.
Capitalizing on the legitimacy of the celebrity faces, the spam emails tell recipients they can "learn how to acquire gold now," simply by entering their personal information, including phone numbers and emails.
To stay safe online, be wary of unsolicited emails , especially ones selling a product that seems too good to be true, and never open suspicious attachments, which often contain rigged software aimed at infecting your computer.