Phish Bowl

A collection of scam emails and other suspicious communications.

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Phishing Email (in the wild)

Harrick Plasma is currently experiencing a massive influx of virus-carrying emails that may also extend to their contacts at Brown University.

Posted: 09/01/2020 - 10:50am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Walker, Michelle <>
Date: Thu, Aug 27, 2020 at 2:22 PM

Posted: 08/27/2020 - 3:46pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Alecia Renn <>
Date: Tue, Aug 25, 2020, 1:25 PM
Subject: RE: Bank of America ($1,000 credit)

Posted: 08/25/2020 - 1:56pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: <>
Date: Tue, Aug 25, 2020 at 7:39 AM
Subject: Notice : 8/25/2020 11:39:48 a.m.

Posted: 08/25/2020 - 9:43am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Alexander Fleischmann <>
Date: Sat, Aug 8, 2020 at 9:00 AM
Subject: Urgent,

Posted: 08/20/2020 - 4:09pm
Legitimate Email

From: UHR-Talent Development <>
Date: Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 8:44 AM

Posted: 08/19/2020 - 10:44am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: <>
Date: Mon, Aug 17, 2020 at 12:51 PM
Subject: New statement 8/17/2020 17:51

Posted: 08/17/2020 - 4:58pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Sheila Quigley <>
Date: August 12, 2020 at 11:04:46 AM EDT

Posted: 08/12/2020 - 11:58am
Phishing Email (on campus)

Beware of tutor and personal assistant requests like these, which can be the start of a social engineering scam leading to lost dollars rather than satisying employment.

Posted: 08/10/2020 - 12:40pm
Updated: 8/24/2020 3:34pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Community members continue to receive "Brown Events" emails from the non-Brown address "", directing recipients to an s

Posted: 08/03/2020 - 10:20am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: "" <>

Posted: 07/28/2020 - 4:03pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Peter Belenky <>
Date: July 24, 2020 at 11:40:12 AM EDT

Posted: 07/24/2020 - 2:46pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: via TransferXL <>
Date: Mon, Jul 20, 2020 at 11:38 AM

Posted: 07/20/2020 - 11:49am
Phishing Email (on campus)

Do not respond to the following email from Jenzaa (or a similar one from NewQuotez), nor use the Unsubscribe links provided.

Posted: 07/20/2020 - 9:54am
Phishing Email (on campus)

The sender "Brown Events" has nothing to do with Brown and is actually, which has been known to masquerade as several other sc

Posted: 07/16/2020 - 9:27am
Phishing Email (on campus)

This phishing example uses a look-alike email address (notice the stray punctuation mark before the @ ?) coupled with a reasonable and tempting job offer in its attempt to harvest victims.

Posted: 07/02/2020 - 1:21pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Christina Hull Paxson <>
Date: Sat, Jun 27, 2020, 11:58 a.m.
Subject: Quick response

Posted: 06/27/2020 - 6:38pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: <>
Date: Wed, Jun 24, 2020 at 11:13 AM
Subject: 2020/2021 Faculty Evaluation

Posted: 06/24/2020 - 1:22pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

An example of the new Gmail anti-spoofing warning message has been reported, providing an excellent opportunity to remind Phish Bowl readers of the service activated on Thursday, June 18th.

Posted: 06/23/2020 - 11:38pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: williams roland <>
Sent: Thursday, June 4, 2020 12:28 PM

Posted: 06/04/2020 - 2:11pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Support on behalf of HR <>
Date: Mon, Jun 1, 2020 at 4:59 PM
Subject: payroll

Posted: 06/01/2020 - 6:06pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

This phishing email is similar to the post "How are you? ...

Posted: 05/30/2020 - 8:15pm
Legitimate Email

The following is a legitimate notification of a Zoom update scheduled for May 30th and announced in Today@brown on May 20th.

Posted: 05/29/2020 - 3:14pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Gerik Grant <>
Date: Fri, May 29, 2020 at 12:46 PM
Subject: Job Notification.

Posted: 05/29/2020 - 3:10pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Sara Walsh <>
Date: Tue, 26th May 2020
Subject: Quick one

Posted: 05/26/2020 - 1:47pm
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