Phish Bowl

A collection of scam emails and other suspicious communications.

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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: Starbucks.com <starbucks@giftcards.starbucks.com>
Subject: Ashleigh.Dominguez@k has sent you an eGift Card

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

From: Lucy Bryan <justinjustin52411@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Mar 5, 2020 at 5:17 PM
Subject:

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

From: cs.brown.edu Support <josiah_carberry@brown.edu>
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 <dst23@njit.edu>
Date: Mon, Feb 24, 2020 at 9:07 AM
Subject: Dear Brown Account Activation Alert
To:

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 <asasssp@virginmedia.com>
Date: Mon, Jan 6, 2020 at 9:24 AM
Subject: Josiah

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

From: Workday Support <support@workday.com>
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 <a.cannilla@reading.ac.uk>
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 <mcquikristine@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Nov 7, 2019 at 2:36 AM
Subject: PLEASE CONTACT ME NOW
To:

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 <no-reply@virginpulse.com>
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: Lucy Bryan <pudge9111999@mail.com> OR <tinainseattle@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Oct 21, 2019, 9:02 PM

Posted: 10/21/2019 - 10:26am
Phishing Email (on campus)

Don't get spooked by the three exclamation points in the subject line, but do get wise to the phishiness of bad grammar and suspicious URL provided (directing you to http://tags.my/upda

Posted: 10/11/2019 - 3:38pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Another phish spotted on campus.  What gives this one away?

Posted: 10/09/2019 - 9:14am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Michael Cloy <michaelcloy01@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Sep 28, 2019 at 13:41
Subject: JOB FOR STUDENT

Posted: 10/01/2019 - 1:09pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: brown.edu <shnogh.lori@mta.gov.am>
Date: Thu, 26th Sep 2019
Subject: help@brown.edu : Password Reset.

Posted: 09/26/2019 - 10:14pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: david magret <davidmagret2020@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Sep 24, 2019 at 8:06 PM
Subject: Payroll Clerk.....
To:

Posted: 09/24/2019 - 9:10pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Multiple sightings of the "Hello. Are you available?" phishing email have been reported, usually bearing a professor's name but with a bogus @gmail.com address.

Posted: 09/24/2019 - 12:05am
Updated: 9/24/2019 10:16am
Phishing Email (on campus)

Can you spot the signs of this recently reported email being a phish (even though you can't see from this example that none of the links has a brown.edu address)?

Posted: 09/20/2019 - 10:17am
Phishing Email (on campus)

At least 2 users have received a large number of emails with subjects that begin "confirm nnnnn...", which appear to be confirmation messages for joining lists.

Posted: 09/19/2019 - 12:46pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

If you received a suspicious email from NavyFederal that looks like its coming from a Brown address, DON'T panic, but DO mark it as spam.

Posted: 09/18/2019 - 2:00pm

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