Phish Bowl

A collection of scam emails and other suspicious communications.

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Phishing Email (on campus)

Beware of the latest phone scam reported at Brown that warns the recipient that their iCloud account has been breached, but is just phishing for personal information that could be possibly be used for identity theft.

Posted: 11/07/2019 - 1:37pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

The following phishing email was reported with two different but similar subjects -- Security Notice From Chase Online ID: RBNMgQlHXP and Activity Alert: Secure Your Bank Account Token ID: 6FgHDCpxFe -- both sent by

Posted: 11/05/2019 - 1:59pm
Legitimate Email

From: Virgin Pulse <>
Date: Wed, Oct 30, 2019 at 10:04 AM
Subject: Join Brown University's wellbeing program.

Posted: 11/04/2019 - 9:17am
Phishing Email (on campus)

Spot the phishing clues in this email, supposedly from President Paxson. What is there about it that might lead someone to respond?

Posted: 10/25/2019 - 11:21am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Lucy Bryan <> OR <>
Date: Mon, Oct 21, 2019, 9:02 PM

Posted: 10/21/2019 - 10:26am
Phishing Email (on campus)

Don't get spooked by the three exclamation points in the subject line, but do get wise to the phishiness of bad grammar and suspicious URL provided (directing you to

Posted: 10/11/2019 - 3:38pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Another phish spotted on campus.  What gives this one away?

Posted: 10/09/2019 - 9:14am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Michael Cloy <>
Date: Sat, Sep 28, 2019 at 13:41

Posted: 10/01/2019 - 1:09pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: <>
Date: Thu, 26th Sep 2019
Subject: : Password Reset.

Posted: 09/26/2019 - 10:14pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: david magret <>
Date: Tue, Sep 24, 2019 at 8:06 PM
Subject: Payroll Clerk.....

Posted: 09/24/2019 - 9:10pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Multiple sightings of the "Hello. Are you available?" phishing email have been reported, usually bearing a professor's name but with a bogus address.

Posted: 09/24/2019 - 12:05am
Updated: 9/24/2019 10:16am
Phishing Email (on campus)

Can you spot the signs of this recently reported email being a phish (even though you can't see from this example that none of the links has a address)?

Posted: 09/20/2019 - 10:17am
Phishing Email (on campus)

At least 2 users have received a large number of emails with subjects that begin "confirm nnnnn...", which appear to be confirmation messages for joining lists.

Posted: 09/19/2019 - 12:46pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

If you received a suspicious email from NavyFederal that looks like its coming from a Brown address, DON'T panic, but DO mark it as spam.

Posted: 09/18/2019 - 2:00pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

This supposed job offer bears a striking resemblance to a phishing email reported early last year. Don't be fooled!

Posted: 09/11/2019 - 9:16am
Legitimate Email

From: '21 RISING <>

Posted: 09/09/2019 - 1:03pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Carberry Josiah <>
Date: Fri, Aug 30, 2019 at 10:10 AM
Subject: Re: Quick request

Posted: 08/30/2019 - 10:43am
Phishing Email (in the wild)

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a warning about a new email scam in which malicious cyber actors send unsolicited emails to taxpayers from fake IRS email addresses.

Posted: 08/26/2019 - 12:39pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

How many red flags can you find in the following email? Which emotional buttons did the sender try to push? What did the sender include in the message to try and convince you it's real? 

Posted: 08/20/2019 - 9:59am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Khelsea Singh <>
Date: July 31, 2019 at 1:30:24 PM EDT

Posted: 08/08/2019 - 12:55pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Juliane Blyth <>
Date: Mon, Jul 29, 2019 at 8:34 AM
Subject: Urgently

Posted: 07/29/2019 - 9:32am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Carly Kite Lapinski <>
Date: Wed, Jul 24, 2019 at 9:27 AM
Subject: Request

Posted: 07/24/2019 - 11:14am
Phishing Email (on campus)

A classic phish was reported -- both helpful and threatening at the same time -- which alerts the recipient to "Automatically switch to the new mail settings to avoid account closure in 48hours".

Posted: 07/23/2019 - 1:58pm
Legitimate Email

BWell Health Promotion released the following notification today of an online health promotion course for all incoming undergraduate students, provided through a partnership with EverFi.

Posted: 07/22/2019 - 10:01am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Meisel, Joseph <>
Date: Sun, Jul 14, 2019 at 7:59 PM
Subject: quick task

Posted: 07/15/2019 - 9:20am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Diane Lipscombe <>
[ one of several addresses reported * ]

Posted: 07/09/2019 - 4:40pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Sometimes the bogus job offers arrive by email, other times they're sought out, but both promise opportunities that may only lead to frustration, loss of personal information and money (such as

Posted: 07/03/2019 - 9:51am
Phishing Email (in the wild)

Beware bogus calendar invites, targeting victims with malicious and unsolicited Google Calendar notifications.

Posted: 06/21/2019 - 3:26pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Beware this attempt by Interactive Research Communications to collect information about your copiers or printers, which will become  "leads" to sell to

Posted: 06/20/2019 - 10:14am
Legitimate Email

No need for concern if you received an email announcing your access to LinkedIn Learning, which is part of the switch from Lynda.

Posted: 06/17/2019 - 11:24am