Phish Bowl

A collection of scam emails and other suspicious communications.

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Phishing Email (on campus)

Can you identify the clues in the following email that indicate it's a scam, as well as the emotional buttons that are being pushed?

Posted: 06/01/2021 - 8:18pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Campus Jobs <>
Date: Mon, May 31, 2021 at 3:51 AM

Posted: 06/01/2021 - 12:14pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

The "malware sextortion" threat has been reported at Brown again (first seen in 2018), threatening to reveal unsavory secrets if the recipient doesn't promptly pay up (this time $2100 in bitcoins).

Posted: 06/01/2021 - 12:03pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Anne Mason <>
Date: Mon, May 31, 2021 at 10:12 AM
Subject: Ongoing internship program

Posted: 05/31/2021 - 11:33am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Collins Gray <>
Date: Mon, May 31, 2021 at 10:13 AM

Posted: 05/31/2021 - 11:20am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Daniel R. Ames <> or Randy Frank <>

Posted: 05/31/2021 - 11:10am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: [REDACTED - actual sender from header details:]
Date: Mon, May 24, 2021 at 6:22 PM
Subject: Multidisciplinary Research

Posted: 05/25/2021 - 8:47am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Lynn Sweeney <>  [actual sender from header details:]

Posted: 05/24/2021 - 4:00pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Prof Kenneth <>
Date: Thu, May 20, 2021 at 10:20 AM

Posted: 05/24/2021 - 11:47am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Dr Sarah Brewer <> OR <>OR <

Posted: 05/23/2021 - 11:18am
Updated: 5/25/2020 10:45 am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Lynn Sweeney <> [actual sender is]

Posted: 05/20/2021 - 6:43pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Another employment scam, this one with a different subject (STUDENT EMPLOYMENT) and sender (Prof Kenneth), but a tell-tale non-Brown email address (

Posted: 05/20/2021 - 10:47am
Phishing Email (on campus)

Watch out for this clever job scam that looks like it was sent by the Payroll Office (clue #1 - why would the Payroll Office send job notices?), but examination of the headers details shows the identity of the actual

Posted: 05/17/2021 - 6:12pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Danny Warshay <>
Date: Thu, May 13, 2021 at 2:26 PM
Subject: Task Request

Posted: 05/17/2021 - 10:41am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: ON-CAMPUS JOBS <> or <> or Job Opportunity <

Posted: 05/16/2021 - 5:49pm
Updated: 5/19/2020 2:52 pm
Legitimate Email

From: Russell Carey <>
Date: May 13, 2021 at 7:19 AM

Posted: 05/13/2021 - 6:09pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Shelly Fisher <>
Date: Wed, May 12, 2021 at 9:21 AM

Posted: 05/12/2021 - 2:55pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

ZoomInfo is not related to the webconferencing tool, Zoom, and is instead a "sales intelligence" business that collects, processes and sells personal data it harvests online to third parties who use it to cultivate ne

Posted: 05/11/2021 - 10:31am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Avery <>
Date: Tue, May 4, 2021 at 7:50 AM
Subject: Re: Re: TB Meningitis-Case Review

Posted: 05/04/2021 - 4:39pm
Legitimate Email

Emails like the following were sent about the new Brown Contract Management System to those who had requested access and needed to take training in order to be activated in the system.

Posted: 04/27/2021 - 4:54pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Carla Jackson <>
Date: Sat, Apr 17, 2021 at 7:30 PM

Posted: 04/18/2021 - 8:44am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Offline <>
Date: April 16, 2021 at 9:44:18 PM EDT

Posted: 04/17/2021 - 12:46am
Legitimate Email

​From: William Thirsk <>
Date: Friday, April 9, 2021 3:39 PM

Posted: 04/13/2021 - 1:24pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

If you've received a mysterious calendar invite from an address like for an event that has you scratching your head, you m

Posted: 04/12/2021 - 9:36am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Jeff Crane <>
Date: Sat, Apr 10, 2021 at 11:29 AM
Subject: RE: Your CASH APP Deposit

Posted: 04/11/2021 - 11:05am
Phishing Email (on campus)

Date: Sat, Apr 10, 2021 at 7:52 AM
Subject: Hiring for Research Assistants

Posted: 04/11/2021 - 8:53am
Phishing Email (on campus)

Date: Thu, Apr 8, 2021 at 10:26 PM
Subject: Administrative Assistant Needed - Part Time

Posted: 04/09/2021 - 3:53pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: David Kennan <>
Date: Thu, Apr 8, 2021 at 2:27 PM
Subject: Form W-2 Record

Posted: 04/08/2021 - 4:51pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Chris Ingram <>
Date: Mon, Apr 5, 2021 at 11:06 AM
Subject: RE: Your Unclaimed Assets -Action Needed

Posted: 04/08/2021 - 4:46pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Gary Wilson <>
Date: Wed, Apr 7, 2021 at 10:42 AM
Subject: Confirmed Order

Posted: 04/07/2021 - 3:30pm