Don't open it - that's the warning this morning (Wednesday August 8th) from solicitors and estate agents Macdonald Maciver and Co of Francis Street, Stornoway, after a very realistic looking email appeared in inboxes across the region.
The e-mail purports to be from the Macdonald Maciver email address and offers the recipient the chance to open a link - but the company is warning people not to do so.
This is a scam email from a email address which is imitating that of Macdonald Maciver & Co.
The e-mail is in relatively good English and starts "Hello, I have shared a document with you using Dropbox Business. View shared document."
The rest of the email is copied from Dropbox publicity and a standard Macdonald Maciver email. It is unsigned. An image of the email is included below.
This scam has been circulating on-line since the start of 2018, if not before. In January in Canada, the Alberta Lawyers Insurance Association (ALIA) said it had learned of a scam that involved what looks like legitimate emails with a Dropbox attachment or link.
- It will try to steal your Dropbox password with an order request that looks like it's from a company or contact with whom you do business.
- It will try to steal your email password with a fake file sharing request.
- It will try to lure you into downloading a virus attached to or linked from the email