FRAUD ALERT: "Dropbox" email virus

A virus-laden email purportedly from document sharing service "Dropbox” has recently been circulating. It is a phishing scam, attempting to do any of the following:

  • Steal your Dropbox password with an order request that looks like it's from a company or contact with whom you do business.
  • Steal your email password with a fake file sharing request.
  • Lure you into downloading a virus attached to or linked from the email.

If the attachment is opened and the user does not have anti-virus software or firewall programs on their computer, their system will be infected. As always, links and attachments in unsolicited or unanticipated emails should not be accessed unless the sender can be positively verified, as they may contain viruses. It is best to contact the company or person directly (without responding to that email), in order to verify the sender.

Finally, when logging into a service like Dropbox, open a new web browser and type in their URL manually - do not rely on links sent via email.

For tips to avoid being victimized, visit the Fraud section on, and to report or seek advice on dealing with fraud and scam attempts, contact Cynthia Nield at or 902 423 1300, x346.