Phish Bowl

A collection of scam emails and other suspicious communications.

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Phishing Email (on campus)

Look out for phone messages that scare you into canceling a high price tag order, whether to Amazon or another merchant.

Posted: 02/23/2021 - 9:59am
Phishing Email (on campus)

Be on the look out for phone scammers who pretend to be government employees, threatening to suspend your Social Security Number, or demanding immediate payment to avoid arrest or other legal action.

Posted: 02/15/2021 - 5:13pm
Phishing Email (in the wild)

The Rhode Island Education Operations Center has received reports of an alleged RI Dept. of Health (RIDOH) contact tracer soliciting the Social Security Number of a COVID-positive student.

Posted: 12/10/2020 - 1:43pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Robocalls of a female voice (possibly speaking Mandarin) with a musical background have been reported, calling from 1-646-173-0844.

Posted: 03/20/2020 - 4:05pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Beware of the latest phone scam reported at Brown that warns the recipient that their iCloud account has been breached, but is just phishing for personal information that could be possibly be used for identity theft.

Posted: 11/07/2019 - 1:37pm
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)

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)

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)

Another scam hitting University phones to avoid:  a robocall that warns your account has been suspended and you need to respond to the call for your account to be reactivated.

Posted: 09/25/2018 - 3:28pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Beware of the latest phone scam from a caller asking for organizational information, claiming to be from HR and providing a Brown staff member name that does not match the phone number in the online directory.

Posted: 09/17/2018 - 11:47am
Phishing Email (on campus)

Beware of calls that appear to be coming from the Chinese Consulate that leave a repeated message in Mandarin, from numbers such as +12122449399 and +12122448293 but also with various area codes and prefixes.

Posted: 09/10/2018 - 12:57pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Last summer we posted a warning from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) about various types of scams that may target taxpayers this summer, inc

Posted: 07/10/2018 - 3:04pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Beware of phone calls from individuals requesting printer serial or model numbers, often with the claim that they are checking or updating machines and need the number to process the request.

Posted: 04/10/2017 - 12:15pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Be on guard against a phone phishing scam reported to us that starts with a call from someone claiming to be from the local FBI office.

Posted: 03/29/2017 - 11:27pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Phishing can arrive by phone as well as email. A current phone scam to be aware of is one supposedly from an agency claiming to be the IRS and calling about a law suit against the intended victim.

Posted: 12/07/2016 - 11:33am
Phishing Email (on campus)

Beware of printer scams that typically begin with someone identifying themselves as being an individual on campus requesting printer model numbers or offering toner for printers or copiers.

Posted: 11/17/2016 - 11:24am

From: "iCloud No.3958" <azbdhi>
Subject: Lost mode phone has been found now.
Date: July 6, 2016 at 8:33:10 PM ADT
To:  [ your name and email address ]

Posted: 07/07/2016 - 3:16pm

Phishing can arrive by phone as well as email, text or even in person.

Posted: 05/04/2016 - 2:09pm

Another phone scam has been reported at Brown, this one involving someone representing a bank asking for employment verification on a former employee. If their request is denied, they may ask to be transferred to Huma

Posted: 09/15/2015 - 12:54pm

Phone scams -- whether for toner deals, printer verification, "Microsoft " tech support or other -- are reported by members of the Brown community from time to time.

Posted: 09/15/2015 - 10:29am

Beware of suspicious calls from someone pressuring you for information about a department printer. Once the scammer has reeled you in, you could end up with an order of overpriced toner or pegged as a victim for later

Posted: 06/25/2015 - 12:53pm

Please be aware of another phone scam, this one involving a caller who claims to require payment for various things including federal tax.

Posted: 04/23/2015 - 5:03pm
Updated: 4/28/15 5:00pm

Be on the alert for tech support calls from an "Antivirus Company", which attempt to persuade victims to install products such as "Team Viewer" (a remote desktop tool) to remotely scan your computer.

Posted: 11/04/2014 - 2:06pm

In addition to phishing emails, ISG has been hearing reports of scams coming via the telephone (sometimes called "vishing" for voice phishing).

Posted: 09/29/2014 - 1:42pm
Updated: 3/13/15 10:50am