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Is This a Scam on Business Websites? Let's Find Out

Confirmed, It's an Email Scam



It tricks you to download something presumably and potentially bad. Don't be tricked.

There are several alarming signs that triggered us to investigate:

  • There is no infringement on the site at all
  • The email address is suspiciously spam-looking 
  • It says to "download" rather than to view or to confirm (big red flag)
  • The link is highly suspicious with a path name including a folder name of "download" 
  • The name is so generic that we cannot find reliable sites upon searching
  • There is no business / formal signature to establish its legitimacy 

At the end, we wasted 30 minutes to conduct our security analysis and confirmed the finding.

If your site or personal inbox sees unsolicited messages that trigger the above alarms, don't click anything. 

Here is the original message.

 

You've just received a new submission to your (SITE) Contact Form.
Mark as Spam



Submitted Information:


Name
Dawn Rice


Email
Ricephoto327@hotmail.com


Comment
Hello!

My name is Dawn.

Your website or a website that your company hosts is infringing on a copyright-protected images owned by myself.
(the links below do not have any relavant informtion, but probably hosting malwares)
Take a look at this document with the links to my images you used at "https://www.google.com/url?q=(SITE)&source=gmail&ust=1620914956954000&usg=AFQjCNFSPHFUfuFSAGLoS4C3Sky7ghBueA" - (link pointing to a generic folder) and my earlier publications to obtain the evidence of my copyrights.

Download it now and check this out for yourself:

(* The below links pointing to some google drive folder under "download", which is highly suspicious and likely to host some maiware.) "https://www.google.com/url?q=https://sites.google.com/view/b93uhg1fk4jf4c/drive/storage/s/files/download?h%3D78119402185711055&source=gmail&ust=1620914956954000&usg=AFQjCNHcOsUTshnCEGLpTFKqM_OU0sQ6cg" href="https://sites.google.com/view/b93uhg1fk4jf4c/drive/storage/s/files/download?h=78119402185711055" target="_blank">https://sites.google.com/view/b93uhg1fk4jf4c/drive/storage/s/files/download?h=78119402185711055

I believe you have willfully infringed my rights under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. and could be liable for statutory damages as high as $150,000 as set forth in Section 504(c)(2) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) therein.

This letter is official notification. I seek the removal of the infringing material referenced above. Please take note as a service provider, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act requires you, to remove or disable access to the infringing materials upon receipt of this notice. If you do not cease the use of the aforementioned copyrighted material a lawsuit will be commenced against you.

I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.


Best regards,
Dawn Rice

05/12/2021