Inboxes are currently being hit by emails that urge you to click to view documents on Microsoft’s file hosting service OneDrive.
The text and subjects of the bogus emails vary considerably. Some versions may simply claim that your document is ready for viewing. Other versions may masquerade as quote requests or business related files that supposedly require your attention.
These emails are phishing scams that are designed to steal your email account login details.
If you click the link as requested, you will not be taken to OneDrive as you might expect. Instead, you will be taken to a fraudulent website that is designed to look like it belongs to rival file hosting service DropBox:
Despite its appearance, however, the site has no connection to Dropbox.
Once on the fake site, you will be asked to choose your email provider from a list. Clicking the name of the provider brings up a login box like the one in the screenshot below. Each login box is branded to the targeted email provider:
After you provide your email address and password and click the sign in button, you will be automatically redirected to a legitimate page on the Adobe website that allows you to download Adobe Reader.
But, meanwhile, online criminals can collect the login credentials that you supplied and use them to take control of your email account. Once they have gained access, the criminals can use the account to launch further spam, scam, and malware attacks in your name.
Often, your email account login credentials also provide access to linked services such as online file storage and app stores. If so, the criminals can also hijack these linked services, steal your personal information and conduct fraudulent transactions via your account.
If you receive one of these emails, do not click any links that it contains. Viewing a shared document via either OneDrive or Dropbox does not require you to provide your email account login details. In some cases, you may need to login to your Microsoft or Dropbox account to add, delete, or edit shared documents. If so, ensure that you are on the genuine file hosting website and not a fraudulent copy.
It is safest to login to all of your online accounts by entering the address into your browser’s address bar or via a trusted app.
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!