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Microsoft ‘Document Share Portal’ Email Phishing Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

According to this email, you have received a quotation request via the Microsoft document share portal.

The email includes a button that you can click to access the document. It notes that you will need to authorize email account ownership to view or download the document.

However, the email is not from Microsoft and is not a legitimate shared document notification. It is a phishing scam designed to trick you into giving your email account login details to criminals.

If you fall for the ruse and click the link, you will be taken to a compromised website that harbours a scam login page. The bogus page asks for your email address and email account password.  If you go ahead, scammers will collect the details you supply and use them to hijack your email account and any linked services.

Once they have gained access, the scammers can send spam, scam, and malware emails in your name. Depending on the type of account that you have, they may also be able to download files you have stored online and conduct fraudulent transactions via a connected app store.

Email account phishing scams like this one continue to be a common Internet security threat. It is always safer to access your online accounts via a legitimate app or by entering the address into your browser rather than by clicking an email link.

A screenshot of the scam email:

Document Share Portal Phishing Scam Email

Transcript:

Document Share Portal
You have been shared a document Quotation Request via Microsoft document share portal.

Please authorize Email Account ownership of [removed] to view or download document Quotation Request.

From: [removed] – Procurement Director [removed]

Subject: Cooperation Proposal – [removed]
Access Document

Verify account ownership using receipient email account login credentials
All shared documents are only accessible by you.
All shared documents expire in 48hrs



Importance Notice

After 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 You

I 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 Date

Hoax-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!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer