Pay special attention when clicking on links in emails supposedly from Dropbox.

A recent trend in cybercrime involves sending emails that appear to be emailed from services like Dropbox. This is part of their new round of fraud, in which they say something like, “I have shared a new document with you via Dropbox,” or “Please find the attached file I sent using Dropbox.”

But if you follow the link, you’ll end up on a fake site that tells you that the document is protected and requires you to enter your email address and password to access it. But, of course, if you do so, you’ll be giving the crooks access to your email account.

What to do:

  • No website other than your email provider should ask you for your email address and the password you use to access it. If prompted to provide this data by any other site, ignore it — it’s a scam.
  • Before clicking on links in emails supposedly from Dropbox that urge you to access a file, contact the supposed sender another way (such as by telephone) to be sure it was them who sent the file.