Bogus ‘View in OneDrive’ Emails Link to Phishing Website

Bogus ‘View in OneDrive’ Emails Link to Phishing Website


written by Brett M. Christensen  June 29, 2018
Username and password phishing scam

Inboxes are currently being hit by emails that urge you to click to view documents on Microsoft’s file hosting service OneDrive.

The text and subjects of the bogus emails vary considerably. Some versions may simply claim that your document is ready for viewing. Other versions may masquerade as quote requests or business related files that supposedly require your attention.

These emails are phishing scams that are designed to steal your email account login details.

If you click the link as requested, you will not be taken to OneDrive as you might expect. Instead, you will be taken to a fraudulent website that is designed to look like it belongs to rival file hosting service DropBox:

Fake DropBox Email Login

Despite its appearance, however, the site has no connection to Dropbox.

Once on the fake site, you will be asked to choose your email provider from a list. Clicking the name of the provider brings up a login box like the one in the screenshot below.  Each login box is branded to the targeted email provider:
Fake email account login box

After you provide your email address and password and click the sign in button, you will be automatically redirected to a legitimate page on the Adobe website that allows you to download Adobe Reader.

But, meanwhile, online criminals can collect the login credentials that you supplied and use them to take control of your email account. Once they have gained access, the criminals can use the account to launch further spam, scam, and malware attacks in your name.

Often, your email account login credentials also provide access to linked services such as online file storage and app stores.  If so, the criminals can also hijack these linked services, steal your personal information and conduct fraudulent transactions via your account.

If you receive one of these emails, do not click any links that it contains. Viewing a shared document via either OneDrive or Dropbox does not require you to provide your email account login details. In some cases, you may need to login to your Microsoft or Dropbox account to add, delete, or edit shared documents. If so, ensure that you are on the genuine file hosting website and not a fraudulent copy.

It is safest to login to all of your online accounts by entering the address into your browser’s address bar or via a trusted app.



Horrors ATOS and CAPITA renew Assessment contract – because they own the IT for the job.

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This article is from the Disabled Go Website

Atos and Capita win PIP contract extension ‘because DWP is chained to a corpse’

The government’s decision to extend the contracts of two discredited companies that carry out disability benefit assessments has been branded “appalling”, “shocking” and “a complete con”.

The move has also been criticised by the Scottish government.

Sarah Newton, the minister for disabled people, told MPs in a written statement this week that she planned to extend the assessment contracts for the two companies that carry out the personal independence payment (PIP) assessments – Atos and Capita – by a further two years.

The contracts had been due to end in the middle of 2019.

Newton also announced that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was developing its own IT system that would allow it to “enable more providers to deliver PIP”.

Some commentators – including Frank Field…

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THE LONDON MUSEUM DOES IT AS WELL! Yes, the Loose Leaf Tea con has also reached the cafe in the London Museum. Yet another key location for visitors and tourists has joined in with the tea-bag in a pot being called Loose Leaf tea. Why must so…

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Equine Scam

Action Fraud warning to the public as equine fraud costs victims £70,000

3rd May 2018

  • Action Fraud is warning the equestrian community about a scam involving fake adverts of horses for sale.
  • Victims are told to pay an up-front fee for the horse and it’s shipment only to later find that it doesn’t exist.
  • Between 2014 and 2017, victims lost £68,717 to this fraud; an average of £3,436 per victim.

Action Fraud is warning horse buyers about fraudulent ‘for sale’ adverts. Fraudsters are placing fake adverts on reputable equestrian sale websites to scam victims out of large amounts of money. Fraudsters will even support their claims of the horse’s existence by supplying copies of relevant ownership documents, pictures and videos of the animal.   

Although the adverts claim the horses are located in the UK, victims are later told that they’re located elsewhere in Europe and that the horse’s shipment can be arranged via an animal transport company.

On agreeing to buy the horse, victims are then contacted by someone who claims to be an agent of the transport company, who asks them to pay the purchase price and shipping costs of the animal either by money transfer or a direct transfer of funds into a nominated bank account.

In some cases, victims are contacted about problems with the horse’s delivery, such as the need for vaccinations, special insurance or costs arising from veterinary fees and requests are made to cover these additional costs.

Head of Action Fraud, Pauline Smith, said:

“With such large amounts of money involved, this type of fraud can have a significant and severe impact on the health and wellbeing of victims.

“If you are looking to buy a horse online, it is vital that you thoroughly check the details of where you are making the purchase from and be sure to follow our advice below.

“We urge those who think they have been a victim of fraud to report this to Action Fraud.”

How to stay safe when purchasing a horse online:

  • Be wary of horses being offered for sale below their usual market value, particularly where the seller is looking for a quick sale due to a recent family bereavement, marital breakdown or other issues. If an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Be wary of purchases where the advert suggests that the horse is in the UK but the seller later informs you that it is in another country.
  • Be cautious when buying a horse without seeing it, particularly when the only option of a vet check has been the sellers vet.
  • Never pay by bank transfer for goods which will be subject to delivery as the payment cannot be reversed.
  • Be cautious of transactions where the seller or shipping agent asks you to make payment by sending money via a money transfer company as the payment cannot be reversed.
  • Check the country code of the seller’s telephone number and make sure it relates to the country that they claim to be in.
  • Every Report Matters – If you have been a victim of equine fraud, report it to us online or by calling 0300 123 2040.

How has this happened before?

Case study 1:

A victim lost £6,800 to this type of fraud. The victim was looking to purchase a horse and was in contact with the ‘seller’ who advised the total amount was for the horse, shipping, transportation and documents as the animal was coming from Germany. Victim A paid £6800 in total via Western Union and was later asked to pay another £1700 as the horse was stuck in Belgium and needed particular documents. The victim knew at this point that it was suspicious and managed to gain the seller’s phone number which they traced back to Cameroon. The victim then asked for the documents to be faxed through to her, however this was not done.

Case study 2:

A victim was looking to purchase a horse online, which resulted in them losing £2,600. The victim came into contact with the ‘seller’ through a website and had been informed initially that the horse was in Cambridge, only to later be informed that it was in Germany. The victim was told that the horse would be sent via a shipping company in Frankfurt and they advised a credit card payment could be taken for shipping fees. The seller claimed that the card was being declined and instead took payment through a bank transfer. An additional amount was requested as an insurance fee/ferry boarding fee. At this point, the victim became suspicious, would not pay the additional amount and called Action Fraud.

Case study 3:

A victim saw a horse being advertised online and contacted the suspect, who asked for the victim to make an electronic bank transfer payment of £2,300. The victim made the payment and was sent links from the shipping company to a spoof web page which made it look like the horse was in transit. The suspect then came back and asked for another payment for international clearance of the horse. The victim started to get suspicious and did some research to find that the payment the suspect was asking for did not exist and this is when the victim knew they had been defrauded.

Case study 4:

A victim purchased a horse from Hungary through social media and it was agreed that an advance fee of over £500 would be made via Western Union to cover the transport of the horse. The payment for the horse was to be made when it arrived in the UK. The seller then asked for more money. The victim then said he would not pay any more money, cancelled the deal and asked for the money to be refunded, at which point the seller said he had no money to refund.




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Green Park Station 2 Green Park Station

After a serious incident at Green Park Station, I have today sent the following open e-mail letter to Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London and purse-string holder of Transport for London (TfL):

Thursday, 26 April 2018


SADIQ KHAN, Mayor of London

Sent by e-mail.

Re: Dangerous flaws in Disabled Travel Information.

Dear Mr Khan.

Due to multiple points of damage to my spine (plus other problems), I am forced to use a mobility scooter when travelling.

Yesterday (25-4-18)at around 7.15am I undertook a journey from Shoreditch High Street to Kings Cross, which involved changing trains at Canada Water and Green Park stations.

Prior to this journey, as I had not used the Green Park  link before, I had checked with Assisted Travel Services,  staff at Shoreditch High Street station (my starting point), as…

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In the light of recent decisions made by The House Of Lords, I thought it only right to reblog this item from me on: 8th August 2016.

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Following recent decisions by the House of Lords with regards Brexit, I felt it was only right to reblog this item, first blogged by me on 8th August 2016.


Palace of Westminster The Palace of Westminster

It has always been seen as a shining example of democracy to the world, but I fear that the occupants of this democratic palace may bring the meaning of democracy itself to shame when faced with the result of the Brexit referendum.

The problem is quite a simple one really. The British people voted in support of Great Britain leaving the European Union. (Just the EU – not Europe!). This should have been a clear instruction to our Government. But what has happened?

Well we now come to the dilemma. Both of the Houses of Parliament (The House of Commons and the House of Lords) clearly have …

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Enough is Enough 1 Photo Source: Telegraph

I know that I was there. The reports coming from the television news seem to have been weirdly twisted, to what I found to be the quietest, calmest demonstration I have ever seen, and I can remember the Poll Tax Riots, the City of London riots against banks and bankers, and of course the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’.

Seeing the original notice on Facebook this morning, I went along to Trafalgar Square, from where they were supposed to march to Parliament Square. Come 5.55pm there was no sign of anything other than many confused people.

I made my way to Parliament Square, arriving there around 6pm where I found the whole square packed with around 1000 people.

There were around half a dozen Holocaust deniers, who were quickly but politely and firmly informed of the true facts in front of me.


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