Queensland

R U in Control of your online profile?

The Financial and Cyber Crime Group is warning the public of a new scam involving online profiles with LinkedIn.

Victims have reported receiving an email with a link pretending to be from a Dropbox or a known user on your contact list, indicating they have placed files in your Dropbox.

If you click the link you are directed a fake Dropbox page.

This phishing scam tries to fool users into submitting username and password or to update personal details in order to gain access their account.

It can also insert a forwarding rule to the scammers email account, which means that the scammer receives every email you receive and there could be an opportunity for sensitive information to be compromised.

Previously, there have been similar scams with telco companies and Government agencies.

If you’ve received a message like this recently, please notify the person whose account sent it to you, so they can take steps to eliminate the malware on their system.

To protect yourself from Dropbox phishing scam:

  • Be wary of emails that ask you to view or download files from people you do not know.
  • Also be wary of emails which ask you to view files on services that you do not subscribe to.
  • Always hover your mouse over the URL of links contained in emails to check their destination address – if they look suspicious, don’t open them. To log into a service like Dropbox,
    open a new web browser and type in their URL manually.
  • If you think your financial information was compromised, contact your financial institution right away, and place fraud alerts on your credit reports. Also, keep a close eye on your
    account activities to spot any unauthorised charges.
  • Always scan your computer using a current version of an antivirus software.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Source: QLD Police