We see lots of phishing attempts for email credentials. This one is yet another variation of the basic theme. It pretends to be a message from somebody that has shared documents with you on DropBoxPhoto. Following the link you get a page telling you that you can sign into dropbox using your existing email credentials.
They use email addresses and subjects that will entice a user to read the email and open the attachment. A very high proportion are being targeted at small and medium size businesses, with the hope of getting a better response than they do from consumers.
Remember many email clients, especially on a mobile phone or tablet, only show the Name in the From: and not the bit in <domain.com >. That is why these scams and phishes work so well.
The email looks like:
From: Fred Thomas <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat 15/04/2017 13:37
Subject: Congratulations, Kindly login to view the documents on DropBox
Mike Evers has shared documents with you on DropBoxPhoto (ApprovalDoc.PDF)
Documents received are removed from our system on its expiry date.
– The DropBoxPhoto Team
If you follow the link you see a webpage looking like this: http://magioangeles.com/mo/DropBoxPhoto/
Select any of the email services and you get
Then you get sent to a signup page on the genuine dropbox site
We all get very blasé about phishing and think we know so much that we will never fall for a phishing attempt. Don’t assume that all attempts are obvious. Watch for any site that invites you to enter ANY personal or financial information. It might be an email that says “you have won a prize” or “sign up to this website for discounts, prizes and special offers”
Please read our How to protect yourselves page for simple, sensible advice on how to avoid being infected by this sort of socially engineered malware.
All of these emails use Social engineering tricks to persuade you to open the attachments that come with the email. Whether it is a message saying “look at this picture of me I took last night” and it appears to come from a friend or is more targeted at somebody who regularly is likely to receive PDF attachments or Word .doc attachments or any other common file that you use every day. Or whether it is a straight forward attempt, like this one, to steal your personal, bank, credit card or email and social networking log in details. Be very careful when unzipping them and make sure you have “show known file extensions enabled“, And then look carefully at the unzipped file. If it says .EXE then it is a problem and should not be run or opened.