Phish Bowl

A collection of scam emails and other suspicious communications.

rss feed

Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Delta Air Lines <orders>
Date: Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 10:20 AM
Subject: Your order 68052460 with Delta Air Lines has been confirmed!
To: (Brown address)

Posted: 04/18/2017 - 12:32pm
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)

Various students have reported receiving an email from Campus Storage with offers for summer storage options. This company is not affiliated with Brown Student Agencies nor has it been vetted for legitimacy by them.

Posted: 04/06/2017 - 4:11pm
Legitimate Email

Today's mailing about the "Real Appeal" program to United Healthcare members is the "real deal" - details are available at

Posted: 04/04/2017 - 11:42am
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
Legitimate Email

The following is a sample notification sent regarding ORCID, used at Brown and elsewhere to create identifiers for publication/research activities.

Posted: 03/28/2017 - 10:32am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Evelyn Maxwell <Evelyn.Maxwell>
Date: Mon, Mar 13, 2017 at 11:35 AM
Subject: RE: ITS-Helpdesk
To: Evelyn Maxwell <Evelyn.Maxwell>

Posted: 03/13/2017 - 12:02pm
Phishing Email (in the wild)

If past years are any indication, there will be an increased number of phishing scams and malware campaigns this US tax season you should be prepared for.

Posted: 03/09/2017 - 1:38pm
Legitimate Email

This followup email to yesterday's mailing about new BOA PCards is also a legitimate notification sent on behalf of the Controller's Office, givin

Posted: 03/07/2017 - 11:27am
Legitimate Email

Today's mailing regarding new BOA PCards replacing the current JP Morgan cards (expiring March 17) is a legitimate notification from the Controller's Office.

Posted: 03/06/2017 - 3:01pm
Legitimate Email

The following is a legitimate notification from nextSource, Brown's partner for temporary hiring.

Posted: 03/03/2017 - 2:37pm
Legitimate Email

We received some questions about this email, which is from the administrator of Brown's Flexible Spending Accounts.

Posted: 03/01/2017 - 10:07am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: elizabeth doyle <elizabethdoyle33>
Date: Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 2:31 PM
Subject: Elizabeth Doyle Sent you Important Document!

Please find secure PDF uploaded below.

Posted: 03/01/2017 - 9:22am
Phishing Email (on campus)

​From: eFax <noreply.DHtiB>
Date: Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 11:15 AM
Subject: eFax Report
To: [ Brown address ]

Posted: 02/20/2017 - 11:24am
Legitimate Email

From: "Chougule, Geeta" <geeta_chougule>
Date: February 16, 2017 at 1:41:26 PM EST
To: "Chougule, Geeta Jain" <geeta_chougule>

Posted: 02/16/2017 - 3:53pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: "Brady, Daniela" <dm2069>
Subject: IT Notification
Date: February 16, 2017 at 11:54:26 AM EST
To: "Brady, Daniela" <dm2069>

Posted: 02/16/2017 - 1:42pm
Legitimate Email

This is legitimate email from Captain Bishop, Brown's contact with the Marine Corps PLC.

Posted: 02/16/2017 - 9:54am
Phishing Email (on campus)

Under the category, "too good to be true", the Information Security Group and Federal Trade Commission warn you to look out for "Mystery Shopper Scams": opportunities to evaluate the quality of service in stores, such

Posted: 02/13/2017 - 9:13am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Robert Wolford <robert561828>
Date: Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 8:15 AM
To: < Brown address >

Hi <first name>,

Posted: 02/08/2017 - 8:43am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Tim Cindric <tcindric>
Date: Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 9:41 AM
Subject: IT Security-Change your password.
To: "help" help

Posted: 02/06/2017 - 9:59am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: USAA USAA.Web.Services <guestservices>
Sent: Thursday, February 2, 2017 2:49 PM
Subject: USAA Detected Suspicious Activity

Posted: 02/02/2017 - 3:49pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

The following spoofed email -- targeting some at Brown with a request "to complete a task for me urgently" -- tries to trick the receiver into thinking it is from President Paxson.

Posted: 01/23/2017 - 11:33am
Phishing Email (in the wild)

The FBI has issued the following alert about college students being targeted in an employment scam that includes advertising phony job opportunities on college employment websites or sending emails to school accounts

Posted: 01/20/2017 - 9:30am
Legitimate Email

We've received several reports of a suspicious email sent from (an example follows below) that Benefit Strategies told us is legitim

Posted: 01/12/2017 - 12:01pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: "  <taxassistance>" <aboler20>
Date: January 7, 2017 at 5:22:29 AM EST
To: undisclosed-recipients:;

Posted: 01/07/2017 - 3:17pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Message from <do_no_reply> <xhesika_begaj>
Date: Fri, Jan 6, 2017 at 6:00 AM
Subject: 2017 Tax Filing Season

Posted: 01/06/2017 - 7:47am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Diana Richardson <> <>

Posted: 01/04/2017 - 11:47am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Brown Servicedesk <leah_olson>
Date: Mon, Dec 19, 2016 at 11:44 AM
Subject: Important Notice

Posted: 12/19/2016 - 12:51pm
Legitimate Email

From: University Health Plans <sgrabowski>
Date: Fri, Dec 16, 2016 at 1:23 PM
Subject: Brown University Insurance Waiver Audit
To:  [ Brown address ]

Posted: 12/16/2016 - 1:59pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Beware this classic scam (and example of "social engineering"): a sender contacts you with a request for assistance, usually money, when stranded in a foreign country due to a robbery. 

Posted: 12/14/2016 - 10:58am