Phish Bowl

A collection of scam emails and other suspicious communications.

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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
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Terrance Todd <>
Date: Sat, Jan 12, 2019 at 5:35 PM
Subject: Re: Hello

Posted: 01/15/2019 - 9:30am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Terry Todd <>
Date: Mon, Jan 14, 2019 at 5:39 PM

Posted: 01/15/2019 - 8:24am
Phishing Email (on campus)


From: "Paul Todd" <>
Date: January 14, 2019 at 11:31:26 PM

Posted: 01/15/2019 - 8:15am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Terrance Todd <>
Date: Tue, Jan 8, 2019 at 5:36 PM
Subject: Hello

Posted: 01/08/2019 - 5:45pm
Legitimate Email

The following is an example of a legitimate Google security notification, warning the recipient of suspicious activity occurring with their account.

Posted: 01/08/2019 - 2:40pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Another variation on the "malware sextortion" scam, with this one including an old password in the receiver's address.

Posted: 01/07/2019 - 10:57am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Terrance A.Todd <>
Subject: Happy holidays and Happy New Year?

Posted: 01/03/2019 - 10:23am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Christina Paxson <>
Subject: Urgent
Date: December 21, 2018 at 6:08:39 AM EST

Posted: 12/21/2018 - 8:51am
Phishing Email (in the wild)

While not reported here at Brown, other institutions that include universities * have been inundated with emails about phony bomb threats, in which the sender requests a sizab

Posted: 12/13/2018 - 3:14pm
Updated: 12/13/2018 - 8:45pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

The following brief email, reported by one of the people blindcopied on it, is most probably the first step in a phishing scam to hook those not paying attention to the header details.

Posted: 12/06/2018 - 2:57pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Look out for job offers, like the following, that appear too good to be true (they usually are).

Posted: 11/30/2018 - 10:27am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Terrance Todd <>
Date: Wed, Nov 28, 2018 at 6:34 PM

Posted: 11/19/2018 - 10:48am
Phishing Email (on campus)

The following alert, supposedly from Facebook, was reported today, providing a number of clues to its inauthenticity. Here are a few, can you spot any others?

Posted: 11/16/2018 - 1:04pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Mark Spencer (via Google Drive) <>
Date: Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 11:20 AM
Subject: Doc701234.docx

Posted: 11/16/2018 - 11:53am
Phishing Email (on campus)

Sent: Thursday, November 15, 2018 3:36 PM

Posted: 11/16/2018 - 11:47am
Phishing Email (on campus)

The ever popular "Are you available" phishing scam has been reported with a new twist: not only using a familiar Brown name and email address (though rendered improperly, see below) but also their picture.*

Posted: 11/15/2018 - 1:57pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

The Malware Sextortion Scam lives on in newly-reported phishing emails that threaten to send "cra‌zy i‌mage‌s fro‌m yo‌ur dark secret li‌fe‌" and block yo‌u‌r syste‌m if you do not reply within 48 ho‌u‌rs.

Posted: 11/14/2018 - 1:49pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

The following spoofed email -- targeting some at Brown with the request "to do something for me a ASAP" -- tries to trick the recipient into thinking it is from someone they know.

Posted: 11/14/2018 - 11:46am
Phishing Email (on campus)

The "Chinese Consulate" call is back (see 9/10 Phish Bowl post), with the same repeated message in Mandarin but with new numbers and differen

Posted: 11/13/2018 - 11:36am