Phish Bowl

A collection of scam emails and other suspicious communications.

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Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Chair Department <>
Date: March 28, 2020 at 11:52:01 AM EDT

Posted: 03/29/2020 - 11:43pm
Phishing Email (in the wild)

This phish sent to URI alums combines the lure of a topical subject, the veneer of being "official", and the promise of money during an uncertain time, wrapped in an opportunity to provide humanitarian assistance.

Posted: 03/25/2020 - 10:13am
Phishing Email (in the wild)

The COVID-19 virus is being used in phishing attacks to lure victims looking for information about the pandemic -- don't fall for it!

Posted: 03/24/2020 - 6:48pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Impersonator emails, from a familiar name but a phony email address, are being reported with growing frequency, with subject lines of "Quick recovery", "Urgent request", "Urgent hi [your name]", and now "CHECK FAST!!!

Posted: 03/24/2020 - 10:55am
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)

Date: Tue, Mar 17, 2020 at 7:55 PM
Subject: Re: NEW from Choices: Civil War and the Meaning of Liberty

Posted: 03/18/2020 - 12:35pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

The following is an example of two common phishing emails: "impostor email" (looks like someone you many know but has a phony email address) and a job scam (usually an offer a bit too good to be true).

Posted: 03/16/2020 - 9:09am
Updated: 03/17/2020 - 10:45am
Phishing Email (in the wild)

A malicious website pretending to be Johns Hopkins live map of the global spreading of COVID-19 cases is circulating on the web, waiting for unsuspecting viewers of the website (corona-virus-map[dot]com), according to

Posted: 03/13/2020 - 3:49pm
Phishing Email (in the wild)

We remind you that during media intense events like the Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), cyber attackers are taking advantage of the situat

Posted: 03/11/2020 - 4:06pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: <>
Subject: Ashleigh.Dominguez@k has sent you an eGift Card

Posted: 03/11/2020 - 2:37pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Lucy Bryan <>
Date: Thu, Mar 5, 2020 at 5:17 PM

Posted: 03/06/2020 - 9:21am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Support <>
Date: Tue, Mar 3, 2020 at 5:07 AM

Posted: 03/03/2020 - 11:38am
Phishing Email (on campus)

The following email from Campus Storage has been reported, containing offers for summer storage options. This company is NOT affiliated with Brown Student Agencies nor has it been vetted for legitimacy by them.

Posted: 03/02/2020 - 2:57pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Brown University <>
Date: Mon, Feb 24, 2020 at 9:07 AM
Subject: Dear Brown Account Activation Alert

Posted: 02/24/2020 - 9:20am
Legitimate Email

The following email was sent out to certain Brown Dropbox users to alert them of changes in the service.

Posted: 02/19/2020 - 10:43am
Phishing Email (on campus)

Several reports of the following phishing email have surfaced over the last couple of days, and the impersonator Gmail account has been blocked to prevent being able to respond to them.

Posted: 01/30/2020 - 3:27pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Often seen at the beginning and end of academic terms, the "tutor scam" is an example of targeted social engineering that tries to establish a relationship to gain your trust, an

Posted: 01/14/2020 - 9:49am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Christina Paxson <>
Date: Mon, Jan 6, 2020 at 9:24 AM
Subject: Josiah

Posted: 01/06/2020 - 9:49am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Workday Support <>
Date: Tue, Dec 10, 2019 at 10:07 AM
Subject: [IMPORTANT] Your 2020 Benefits Elections

Posted: 12/10/2019 - 12:01pm
Legitimate Email

BWell Health Promotion released the following notification today of an online health promotion course for all incoming undergraduate students, provided through a partnership with EverFi.

Posted: 12/06/2019 - 2:06pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Ana Cannilla <>
Date: Fri, Dec 6, 2019 at 10:31 AM
Subject: strike action

Posted: 12/06/2019 - 12:19pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Beware phony calls from Blue Cross Blue Shield that attempt to socially engineer an unwanted purchase and/or personal information.

Posted: 12/03/2019 - 10:57am
Phishing Email (on campus)

Phone number spoofing -- when the number on your called ID is actually another number masquerading as something familiar  -- is easy to do and, unfortunately, all too commonplace even at Brown.

Posted: 11/19/2019 - 11:41pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Kristine Mcquition <>
Date: Thu, Nov 7, 2019 at 2:36 AM

Posted: 11/07/2019 - 3:46pm
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 (on campus)

The following phishing email was reported with two different but similar subjects -- Security Notice From Chase Online ID: RBNMgQlHXP and Activity Alert: Secure Your Bank Account Token ID: 6FgHDCpxFe -- both sent by

Posted: 11/05/2019 - 1:59pm
Legitimate Email

From: Virgin Pulse <>
Date: Wed, Oct 30, 2019 at 10:04 AM
Subject: Join Brown University's wellbeing program.

Posted: 11/04/2019 - 9:17am
Phishing Email (on campus)

Spot the phishing clues in this email, supposedly from President Paxson. What is there about it that might lead someone to respond?

Posted: 10/25/2019 - 11:21am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Phyllis Greenhill <>
Date: Wed, Oct 23, 2019 at 8:39 AM
Subject: Transcription Services Available

Posted: 10/23/2019 - 10:15am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Lucy Bryan <> OR <>
Date: Mon, Oct 21, 2019, 9:02 PM

Posted: 10/21/2019 - 10:26am