Phish Bowl

A collection of scam emails and other suspicious communications.

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Phishing Email (on campus)

We have received a growing number of reports of the "Go through this papers" scam, which at first glance may appear to be from someone you know, but upon closer examination, is from an account rather than a

Posted: 05/23/2019 - 7:52pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Brown University(Tech Support) <>
Date: Tue, May 14, 2019 at 11:47 AM

Posted: 05/14/2019 - 3:24pm
Legitimate Email

A legitimate email sent to some members of the Brown community on Thursday was inadvertently tagged with a Google banner warning to "Be careful with this message", the result of an anti-phishing mechanism that was put

Posted: 04/05/2019 - 9:05am
Phishing Email (on campus)

We have received a growing number of reports of the "Are you available?" scam, which at first glance may appear to be from someone you know, but upon closer examination, is from an account rather than an @b

Posted: 04/03/2019 - 4:33pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Orange Technology <>
Date: April 2, 2019 at 3:52:40 AM EDT
To: undisclosed-recipients:;

Posted: 04/02/2019 - 9:58am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Yan Guo <>
Subject: Re:
Date: April 1, 2019 at 9:14:13 AM EDT

Posted: 04/01/2019 - 10:06am
Legitimate Email

While it may seem suspicious, this notification from Microsoft is actually the real thing.

Posted: 03/28/2019 - 9:10pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Mary Peterson <>
Date: Thu, Mar 28, 2019 at 6:58 PM
Subject: [ 1st ] Recommendation..!!

Posted: 03/28/2019 - 8:24pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Christina Paxson <>
Date: Wed, Mar 27, 2019 at 12:22 PM
Subject: REQUEST

Posted: 03/28/2019 - 2:30pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Purchasing has been alerted by a supplier of a Request for Quotation (RFQ) supposedly sent by Brown staff but is instead part of a known scam, which leads to the supplier shipping the merchandise, the business never r

Posted: 03/12/2019 - 12:48pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Jewel Wehr <>
Sent: Friday, March 8, 2019 12:31 AM
Subject: Personal Assistant Needed

Posted: 03/12/2019 - 8:48am
Phishing Email (on campus)

After a couple of back-and-forth emails, starting with "Are you available?, this scammer gets down to the specifics of what they want and how to get it to them.

Posted: 03/07/2019 - 3:53pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Aleisha Nisbet <>
Date: Wed, Mar 6, 2019, 10:53
Subject: INTERNSHIP: Brown University
To: [ multiple addresses ]

Posted: 03/06/2019 - 1:41pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Similar to the phishing email Prompt Response Required reported in mid-February, "Hello good day" from "Christiana Paxson" offers more than a few

Posted: 03/05/2019 - 11:47am
Phishing Email (in the wild)

Just hang up if you receive a call from "the Office of Inspector General of the Social Security Administration" (SSA) informing you that your "Social Security number has been suspended" and that you need to contact th

Posted: 03/05/2019 - 10:30am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Michael Cloy <>
Date: March 1, 2019 at 12:34:10 AM EST

Posted: 03/01/2019 - 9:03am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Jeff Robinson <>
Subject: Private Tutor
Date: February 22, 2019 at 8:05:16 AM EST

Posted: 02/27/2019 - 10:42am
Phishing Email (on campus)

Another variation on the malware sextortion scam.

Posted: 02/26/2019 - 9:11am
Phishing Email (on campus)

Beware the phony job offers that may only be after your personal information, money or worse (such as a money laundering scheme), especially when it arrives as an attached PDF, is sent to multiple names, and has a sub

Posted: 02/19/2019 - 3:48pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: President Christina Hull Paxson <>
Date: Tue, Feb 19, 2019 at 8:15 AM
Subject: Prompt Response Required

Posted: 02/19/2019 - 9:05am
Phishing Email (on campus)

If you've wondered what corresponding with an "are you available?" scammer might look like, here is a sequence of emails reported to us this afternoon that demonstrates the gradual escalation of the con artist. 

Posted: 02/08/2019 - 3:39pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Terrance Todd <>
Date: Wed, Feb 6, 2019 at 3:15 AM

Posted: 02/06/2019 - 9:10am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Gordon Lawson <>
Subject: Tutor
Date: February 5, 2019 at 6:11:32 AM EST

Posted: 02/05/2019 - 8:57am
Phishing Email (on campus)

Several students have reported receiving phone calls from people claiming to be from an IRS office in Texas, who threaten to sue their victims if they do not submit a certain tax form. These upsetting calls are unfort

Posted: 01/31/2019 - 6:38pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

We've added this example to the Phish Bowl because phishing emails warning about a new email policy and requesting that you "kindly click" on a bogus link never seem to go out of fashion.

Posted: 01/31/2019 - 9:27am
Phishing Email (on campus)

The following emails, sent to Payroll Office and other financial staff, were targeted attempts to socially engineer (i.e., con) their way into changing direct deposit details and reroute money to the thief.

Posted: 01/30/2019 - 8:57am
Updated: 01/31/2019 - 10:01am
Phishing Email (in the wild)

The iTunes and Amazon gift card phishing scheme has targeted faculty members at more than a dozen universities, including Brown.

Posted: 01/25/2019 - 4:05pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

This is a reminder that phishing can arrive via your phone and well as email, and since you're less likely to expect it this way, you may find it more unsettling than seeing it on a screen in front of you.

Posted: 01/18/2019 - 4:44pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

The responses in the following thread should look familiar to frequent visitors of the Phish Bowl and offer an opportunity to see how the scam progresses.

Posted: 01/16/2019 - 4:28pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Christina Hull Paxson <>
Date: Tue, Jan 15, 2019 at 7:56 AM
Subject: Hi are you there 

Posted: 01/15/2019 - 9:32am