Phish Bowl

A collection of scam emails and other suspicious communications.

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Phishing Email (on campus)

From: It Helpdesk (via Google Drive) <>
Date: Tue, Dec 15, 2020 at 12:22 PM
Subject: Adjunct Evaluation (2).docx

Posted: 12/15/2020 - 1:21pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Tracy Steffes <>
Date: Sat, Dec 12, 2020 at 11:16 AM

Posted: 12/14/2020 - 10:39am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Michael Band <>
Date: Sat, Dec 12, 2020 at 2:07 PM
Subject: RE: Your Grant Application

Posted: 12/14/2020 - 10:35am
Phishing Email (in the wild)

The Rhode Island Education Operations Center has received reports of an alleged RI Dept. of Health (RIDOH) contact tracer soliciting the Social Security Number of a COVID-positive student.

Posted: 12/10/2020 - 1:43pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Kelly Williams <> or Michael Band <>

Posted: 12/02/2020 - 4:32pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

In this variation on the research assistant job scam, notice that the sender's address looks real (though the address does not actually exist), but when responding, you would be directed to the Reply-To address

Posted: 11/30/2020 - 4:03pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Kevin McLaughlin OR Andrew G Campbell OR Christina H Paxson <>
Date: Mon, Nov 30, 2020 at 3:11 PM

Posted: 11/30/2020 - 3:24pm
Legitimate Email

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) has begun texting test results to those enrolled in the routine COVID-19 testing program, which is in addition to the messages already sent from RIDOH through Verily and t

Posted: 11/24/2020 - 11:03am
Phishing Email (on campus)

This job solicitation email includes three tell-tale signs of being a scam: it claims to be from a Brown professor but uses a random Gmail address; asks for personal details (why is a cell phone # needed?); and includ

Posted: 11/22/2020 - 11:47am
Legitimate Email

We have added an example of this legitimate notification from University Human Resources (UHR) since receiving some questions about its authenticity.

Posted: 11/20/2020 - 11:28am
Phishing Email (on campus)

This straight-to-the-point threat from "Cybercriminals" is more hollow that heinous, and is similar to a strain of "malware sextortion" that was prevalent in 2018.

Posted: 11/19/2020 - 5:03pm
Phishing Email (in the wild)

Passing along this warning sent to the post-doc communty about a type of scam that has continued to find victims, including recently among the Brown postdoc community.

Posted: 11/18/2020 - 6:56pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Thomas Serre <>
Date: Sun, Nov 8, 2020 at 9:03 PM
Subject: Urgent request

Posted: 11/09/2020 - 8:54am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: "IT Edu (via Google Drive)" <> or ITS Service Desk (via Google Drive) <itsservhelp1010@gmail

Posted: 11/06/2020 - 2:14pm
Updated: 11/25/2020 3:15pm
Legitimate Email

We have received questions about an email from UnitedHealthcare StudentResources, due to the suspicious shortened link provided (directing recipients to a page beginning with

Posted: 11/03/2020 - 12:18pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: jeff ross <>
Date: Tue, Nov 3, 2020 at 2:19 AM
Subject: CMR


Posted: 11/03/2020 - 10:51am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Larry Larson <>
Date: Mon, Nov 2, 2020 at 4:05 PM
Subject: Work [ also a version with "Request" as Subject ]

Posted: 11/02/2020 - 4:33pm
Legitimate Email

From: PWNHealth Clinical Support <>
Date: October 30, 2020 at 1:00:53 PM EDT

Posted: 10/30/2020 - 1:42pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Amanda Baile <>
Date: Thu, Oct 29, 2020 at 7:36 AM
Subject: Task

Posted: 10/29/2020 - 12:27pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Beware the texting variation on the "Are you available?" phishing scam, with both currently being reported to the Phish Bowl.

Posted: 10/26/2020 - 12:56pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Chair Department <>
Sent: Monday, October 26, 2020 11:48 AM

Posted: 10/25/2020 - 6:00pm
Updated: 10/29/2020 - 12:18pm
Legitimate Email

Some members of the Brown community have reported the following notification from the bulk email list service, which generated the email as the result of the individuals having been added to the list

Posted: 10/23/2020 - 2:23pm
Phishing Email (in the wild)

If you are an Apple Device Enrollment Partner or receive communications from or about device enrollments, watch out for phishing attempts like the following that impersonates an Apple partner notification.

Posted: 10/21/2020 - 6:10pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

This bill notification, supposedly from Norton 360, provides a good opportunity to hone your detective skills by identifying "what's wrong with this picture?" If this email had arrived in your Inbox, what would tip yo

Posted: 10/20/2020 - 1:57pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

University Human Resources (UHR) warns the Brown community that emails supposedly from Verily, a third-party COVID-19 testing vendor, have been reported.

Posted: 10/19/2020 - 2:00pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Lalit K. Beura BVSc, PhD <>
Date: Mon, Oct 19, 2020 at 12:06 PM
Subject: Urgent,

Posted: 10/19/2020 - 12:34pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: 16 October 19:38:16 <>
Date: Fri, Oct 16, 2020 at 1:38 PM
Subject: Test Subject

Posted: 10/16/2020 - 2:38pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Murphy, Ann <>
Date: Wed, Oct 7, 2020 at 3:37 PM
Subject: Acknowledgement letter

Posted: 10/07/2020 - 6:05pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Professor. David Weil <>
Date: Sun, Sep 27, 2020 at 9:23 PM
Subject: ******Help Research Across Disciplines******

Posted: 10/07/2020 - 5:48pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Date: October 6, 2020 at 1:16:13 PM EDT

Posted: 10/06/2020 - 1:40pm