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PHISHING SCAM – ‘Refer to Documents via Dropbox App’

by Brett M. Christensen

This email requests that you click a link to refer to ‘urgent and highly confidential’ documents using the Dropbox app. It instructs you to click a ‘Dropbox’ link to download the documents and asks that you ‘kindly do the needful’.  

However, the email has no connection to the popular file storage and sharing service Dropbox and the link does not open any documents, urgent or otherwise.

Clicking the link takes you to a bogus website that claims you must log in to your webmail service provider before you can view the supposed document. The page features clickable icons for several popular email service providers, including Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook. The page also includes a generic ’email account’ icon aimed at people with accounts not specifically listed.

If you click the icon corresponding to your email provider, you will be taken to a second fake page that asks you to submit your account email address and password to ‘login’.

The criminals running the scam can collect the login credentials you supply and use them to hijack your email account. Once they have gained access to your account, they can use it to launch spam and scam campaigns. Because these spam and scam emails come from your account and may include your normal email signature, people on your contact list may be more inclined to believe that the messages are true and follow any instructions they contain.

These attacks attempt to panic recipients into clicking links and submitting their details because they mistakenly believe that there is an urgent and confidential matter that they must attend to. 
Cybercriminals commonly send out fake messages claiming that recipients need to click a link or open an attached file to view an important document. Many, like the one discussed here, are used to trick people into supplying their personal information. Others are used to distribute malware.

If you receive such a message, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains.

Example

Hello

Please refer to the attached documents using Dropbox App. click Dropbox to download for your reference. Its urgent and highly confidential, kindly do the needful.

Best regards

Thanks


Chua



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