This email claims that a document has been sent to you via Microsoft’s document storage and sharing platform OneDrive.
The subject line of the email suggests that you need to provide an electronic signature using DocuSign. An included link urges you to click to access your Office365 account and review the supposed document.
However, the email has no connection to Microsoft, OneDrive, Office365, or DocuSign. Instead, it is a phishing scam designed to steal your Microsoft Account login details.
If you click the link in the scam email, you will be taken to a fraudulent website that asks you to sign in to your Microsoft Account by entering your email address and account password. You will then be automatically redirected to a genuine Microsoft login web page.
The scammers can now collect the information that you supplied on the fake site and use it to gain access to your Microsoft Account.
Your Microsoft Account login may provide access to a number of linked services including email, Skype, OneDrive, and Office 365.
Thus, once they have gained entry, the scammers can use these services to launch spam and scam campaigns, collect and steal your personal information, and conduct fraudulent transactions and activities in your name.
If you receive one of these bogus emails, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains.
Phishing scams like this continue to be very common.
An example of the scam email:
This message is for named person(s) only. It may contain confidential and/or legally privileged information. No confidentiality or privilege is waived or lost should mis-transmission occur. If you receive this message in error, delete it (and all copies) and notify sender. You must not, directly or indirectly, use, disclose, distribute, print, or copy any part of this message if you are not the intended recipient.
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!