Phish Bowl

A collection of scam emails and other suspicious communications.

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Phishing Email (on campus)

The ever popular "Are you available" phishing scam has been reported with a new twist: not only using a familiar Brown name and email address (though rendered improperly, see below) but also their picture.*

Posted: 11/15/2018 - 1:57pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

The Malware Sextortion Scam lives on in newly-reported phishing emails that threaten to send "cra‌zy i‌mage‌s fro‌m yo‌ur dark secret li‌fe‌" and block yo‌u‌r syste‌m if you do not reply within 48 ho‌u‌rs.

Posted: 11/14/2018 - 1:49pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

The following spoofed email -- targeting some at Brown with the request "to do something for me a ASAP" -- tries to trick the recipient into thinking it is from someone they know.

Posted: 11/14/2018 - 11:46am
Phishing Email (on campus)

The "Chinese Consulate" call is back (see 9/10 Phish Bowl post), with the same repeated message in Mandarin but with new numbers and differen

Posted: 11/13/2018 - 11:36am
Phishing Email (on campus)

Be on the lookout for a scam that first appeared back in the 70's -- dubbed "phoner toner" -- which was recently reported here at Brown.

Posted: 11/12/2018 - 10:28am
Phishing Email (on campus)

Phishing tip: Make sure the email sender's address passes the "domain test".

Posted: 11/02/2018 - 4:31pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Amazon <>
Date: Tue, Oct 30, 2018 at 6:19 PM
Subject: Amazon Account Suspened

Posted: 10/31/2018 - 8:57am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Jane Pisasale via Adobe Document Cloud <>
Date: Tue, Oct 30, 2018 at 7:50 AM
Subject: Executed Contract

Posted: 10/30/2018 - 10:36am
Phishing Email (on campus)

We continue to receive reports of emails that threaten to send videos of their victims to their contacts unless the victims send them hundreds of dollars in bitcoins within 48 hours.

Posted: 10/24/2018 - 9:21am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Gregory Fletcher <>
Date: Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 12:26 PM
Subject: Re: ACH payment

Posted: 10/15/2018 - 1:00pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Jana Doe <>
Date: Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 8:10 AM

Posted: 10/15/2018 - 11:10am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Doug Thomson <>
Date: Fri, Sep 28, 2018 at 5:54 PM
Subject: Re: Meeting on Tuesday

Posted: 09/29/2018 - 9:37am
Phishing Email (on campus)

Another scam hitting University phones to avoid:  a robocall that warns your account has been suspended and you need to respond to the call for your account to be reactivated.

Posted: 09/25/2018 - 3:28pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Beware of the latest phone scam from a caller asking for organizational information, claiming to be from HR and providing a Brown staff member name that does not match the phone number in the online directory.

Posted: 09/17/2018 - 11:47am
Phishing Email (on campus)

Beware of calls that appear to be coming from the Chinese Consulate that leave a repeated message in Mandarin, from numbers such as +12122449399 and +12122448293 but also with various area codes and prefixes.

Posted: 09/10/2018 - 12:57pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Your phone rings -- you glance at the caller ID and notice that the number looks similar to yours -- so you answer it assuming it's someone you know but haven't put in your contact list yet.

Posted: 08/31/2018 - 4:08pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: <>
Date: Thu, Aug 23, 2018 at 1:01 AM

Posted: 08/23/2018 - 9:02am
Legitimate Email

Members of the Brown community continue to report having received a phishy message from BrightCrowd.

Posted: 08/21/2018 - 12:16am
Phishing Email (on campus)

In this clever scam, the sender referenced an actual Dell order that had payment processing issues and provided the correct associated number.

Posted: 07/18/2018 - 11:43am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: BROWN UNIVERSITY HELP DESK [various @yahoo addresses] OR

Posted: 07/12/2018 - 11:51am
Phishing Email (on campus)

In an interesting twist on ransomware, scammers are sending emails that claim malware has been downloaded to your computer after you visited a porn site, triggering a recording of you via your webcam watching the site

Posted: 07/12/2018 - 10:58am
Phishing Email (on campus)

Last summer we posted a warning from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) about various types of scams that may target taxpayers this summer, inc

Posted: 07/10/2018 - 3:04pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Another variation on the "I need you to perform a quick task for me" phishing scam, whose hallmarks are: from a familiar name, a

Posted: 07/09/2018 - 1:35pm
Phishing Email (in the wild)

It starts as an urgent pop-up warning -- like the one below -- that directs you to install the Advanced Battery Saver app from the Google Play Store.

Posted: 06/22/2018 - 1:59pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Sandy Isenstadt <>
Date: Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 12:27 PM
Subject: Confirm

Posted: 06/22/2018 - 9:32am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: David Walker <>
Date: Mon, Jun 18, 2018 at 11:42 AM
Subject: Administrative Support


Posted: 06/18/2018 - 12:09pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Gauthier, Nancy <>
Date: Wed, May 16, 2018 at 5:48 AM
Subject: IT System Support !!!

Posted: 05/16/2018 - 9:06am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: OPR Science <>
Subject: OPR Science For Check No: 32034219236
Date: May 15, 2018 at 9:48:57 AM EDT

Posted: 05/15/2018 - 9:21am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Facebook <>
Date: Sat, May 5, 2018, 12:23 PM
Subject: Alert

Posted: 05/07/2018 - 2:43pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

This Microsoft/Google Chrome critical warning spotted today contains a few suspicious characteristics that should clue you in to avoid its request for your rapid response. How many can you find?

Posted: 05/01/2018 - 2:59pm