Over the past two days, many of you may have received emails from “Dropbox Transfer” that purport to include files sent to you by a lawyer. It is likely a phishing attempt. Don’t click on links, open attachments, or download files without first contacting the attorney who supposedly is trying to transfer files to you.
It has happened to me twice. Each time, I’ve received two emails purporting to be from the same attorney. In other words, yesterday I received two emails purporting to contain “Dropbox Transfers” from Attorney A. Today, I received two emails purporting to contain “Dropbox Transfers” from Attorney B.
Let’s pretend the emails purport to come from me. Here are the common characteristics. Note: where the phishing emails include hyperlinks to email addresses, I’ve replaced @ with (at) and . with (dot).
- There is no salutation.
- The emails are from “Dropbox Transfer <no-reply (at ) dropbox (dot) com”
- The emails indicate “Michael Kennedy from Bar Counsel sent you XX-XXXX.pdf”
- The emails indicate “you can download these files now or until December __.”
- The emails indicate “Questions? Ask Michael Kennedy (ourcompany11 (at) iname (dot) com)”
- The emails indicate “Download files. Here what thy sent you.”
- There is no signature.
Clearly, my email adddress is not “ourcompany11 (at) iname (dot) com”
As always, be careful out there.