Whilst going through my spam folder on Gmail I've found 2 emails that struck me as suspicious. The first is simply a welcome message from DropBox saying 'Hi Ahmed please verify your email' and then next is confirming that the email had been verified. The problem is my name isn't Ahmed and I've never signed up with DropBox before.
What I don't understand though is that, from the looks of it, nobody has actually accessed my email account. The emails themselves were unread, my list of devices accessing my account are just mine and also in the activity log the only activity there is mine and nobody accessed or even tried to access my email at the time this verification email was received from DropBox.
Can anyone shed some light on what's going on here? If this is some sort of elaborate hack then why? Couldn't they just sign in with a fake email address that can be set up in seconds rather than using mine? I'll just also add my email address is a very specific set of letters and numbers and find it highly unlikely it's been accidentally used. The emails from DropBox are also genuine as I've verified this. How could someone use my email address to verify their account with DropBox without ever logging in to my email account?