Phish Bowl

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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
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Ryan Welter <>
Date: Wed, May 13, 2020 at 1:00 PM
Subject: URGENT: Data Analyst Needed ASAP!

Posted: 05/14/2020 - 9:17am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Trevor Culhane <>
Date: Mon, May 11, 2020 at 5:43 PM

Posted: 05/12/2020 - 8:43am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Takao Watanabe <>
Date: Wed, May 6, 2020 at 3:20 PM

Posted: 05/06/2020 - 4:35pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Lisa Gartrell <>
Date: Thu, Apr 30, 2020 at 12:29 PM

Posted: 04/30/2020 - 2:49pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Hypothectically, if you received the following email exchange, at what point might you become suspicious that not everything is as it seems?

Posted: 04/29/2020 - 3:36pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Ever wonder what might happen if you responded to a phishing email, such as the one reported last week from CoreStaff Services?

Posted: 04/27/2020 - 11:01am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Josephine Carberry (via Google Drive) <>
Date: Wed, Apr 22, 2020 at 4:43 PM
Subject: Faculty Evaluation.pdf

Posted: 04/22/2020 - 9:11pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

A carefully constructed phishing email is now in circulation at Brown, looking like a legitimate notification from the IT Service Center but is actually just a clever ploy to get your username, password and "Brown Ema

Posted: 04/21/2020 - 3:47pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Larry Larson <>
Date: Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 12:54 PM
Subject: Immediate Attention!

Posted: 04/20/2020 - 1:19pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Marion Wasser <>
Date: Fri, Apr 17, 2020 at 5:45 PM

Posted: 04/20/2020 - 10:16am
Phishing Email (on campus)

The following four addresses were reported over the last three days -- more variations on the impersonator phishing scam.

Posted: 04/13/2020 - 3:48pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

As we approach the traditional tax season, be on the lookout for phishing emails about adjustments to your pay and tax announcements, such as the following example.

Posted: 04/10/2020 - 11:00am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Victoria Christensen <> [ or <> ]

Posted: 04/04/2020 - 8:48pm
Phishing Email (in the wild)

Our increased dependency on technology during this period of self-isolation, especially our heavy reliance on Zoom, has not been overlooked by cyber criminals.

Posted: 03/31/2020 - 3:23pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Elliott Parker <>
Date: March 31, 2020 at 1:10:14 PM EDT

Posted: 03/31/2020 - 2:06pm
Phishing Email (in the wild)

One of the newest Coronavirus-related phishing emails spoofs a hospital notification that warns of exposure to COVID-19 through contact with a "colleague/friend/family member", directing the recipient to download an a

Posted: 03/30/2020 - 11:59am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Chair Department <>
Date: March 28, 2020 at 11:52:01 AM EDT

Posted: 03/29/2020 - 11:43pm