Phish Bowl

A collection of scam emails and other suspicious communications.

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Phishing Email (on campus)

From: <>
Date: Tue, May 26, 2020 at 1:02 AM
Subject: Your Order Confirmation

Posted: 05/26/2020 - 10:41am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: <> or <>
Date: Mon, May 25, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Posted: 05/26/2020 - 8:58am
Legitimate Email

The following is an example of a Critical Review survey, sent to Brown students for each course that was eligible for review, and is the first year this process went digital.


Posted: 05/21/2020 - 9:57am
Legitimate Email

The following are a couple of examples of notifications sent through HireRight, who has partnered with Brown University to conduct background verifications.

Posted: 05/18/2020 - 4:45pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Christina Hull Paxson <>
Date: Mon, May 18, 2020 at 12:02 PM
Subject: Urgent!

Posted: 05/18/2020 - 12:30pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Ryan Welter <>
Date: Wed, May 13, 2020 at 1:00 PM
Subject: URGENT: Data Analyst Needed ASAP!

Posted: 05/14/2020 - 9:17am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Trevor Culhane <>
Date: Mon, May 11, 2020 at 5:43 PM

Posted: 05/12/2020 - 8:43am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Takao Watanabe <>
Date: Wed, May 6, 2020 at 3:20 PM

Posted: 05/06/2020 - 4:35pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Lisa Gartrell <>
Date: Thu, Apr 30, 2020 at 12:29 PM

Posted: 04/30/2020 - 2:49pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Hypothectically, if you received the following email exchange, at what point might you become suspicious that not everything is as it seems?

Posted: 04/29/2020 - 3:36pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Ever wonder what might happen if you responded to a phishing email, such as the one reported last week from CoreStaff Services?

Posted: 04/27/2020 - 11:01am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Josephine Carberry (via Google Drive) <>
Date: Wed, Apr 22, 2020 at 4:43 PM
Subject: Faculty Evaluation.pdf

Posted: 04/22/2020 - 9:11pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

A carefully constructed phishing email is now in circulation at Brown, looking like a legitimate notification from the IT Service Center but is actually just a clever ploy to get your username, password and "Brown Ema

Posted: 04/21/2020 - 3:47pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Larry Larson <>
Date: Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 12:54 PM
Subject: Immediate Attention!

Posted: 04/20/2020 - 1:19pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Marion Wasser <>
Date: Fri, Apr 17, 2020 at 5:45 PM

Posted: 04/20/2020 - 10:16am
Phishing Email (on campus)

The following four addresses were reported over the last three days -- more variations on the impersonator phishing scam.

Posted: 04/13/2020 - 3:48pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

As we approach the traditional tax season, be on the lookout for phishing emails about adjustments to your pay and tax announcements, such as the following example.

Posted: 04/10/2020 - 11:00am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Victoria Christensen <> [ or <> ]

Posted: 04/04/2020 - 8:48pm
Phishing Email (in the wild)

Our increased dependency on technology during this period of self-isolation, especially our heavy reliance on Zoom, has not been overlooked by cyber criminals.

Posted: 03/31/2020 - 3:23pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Elliott Parker <>
Date: March 31, 2020 at 1:10:14 PM EDT

Posted: 03/31/2020 - 2:06pm
Phishing Email (in the wild)

One of the newest Coronavirus-related phishing emails spoofs a hospital notification that warns of exposure to COVID-19 through contact with a "colleague/friend/family member", directing the recipient to download an a

Posted: 03/30/2020 - 11:59am
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