Phish Bowl

A collection of scam emails and other suspicious communications.

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Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Microsoft Support <>
Date: Fri, Apr 27, 2018 at 4:40 AM
Subject: Important online activity review

Posted: 04/27/2018 - 2:13pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Powell, Stephanie <>
Date: Tue, Apr 24, 2018, 18:24
Subject: You Have Been sent a File Using Dropbox

Posted: 04/24/2018 - 7:54pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Beware a phish from the "IT_Support / IThelpdesk / IT Department" about a supposed "System Upgrade" that links you to the "new Office365 Lite." If you receive this email, do not respond to it nor click on the link.

Posted: 04/20/2018 - 4:07pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Do you know how to spot a phony DocuSign request? The following email failed the first indicator of a real one: it did not have the unique security code at the bottom of the email.

Posted: 04/17/2018 - 11:09am
Phishing Email (on campus)

The following solicitation from MedCraveOnline for submissions to their Sociology International Journal set off a few red flags (can you spot them?) and an inquiry into

Posted: 04/11/2018 - 1:52pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Marco Martins <>
Date: Mon, Apr 2, 2018 at 8:13 AM
Subject: Southwire TET 307326383

Posted: 04/02/2018 - 10:14am
Phishing Email (on campus)

Sounds too good to be true + Causes your "Spidey Sense" to tingle because something is off + Asks for personal information + Multiple typos and gramm

Posted: 03/28/2018 - 4:44pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Lauren Miller <>
Date: Wed, Mar 28, 2018 at 7:40 AM
Subject: Invoice #49277028 from Lauren Miller

Posted: 03/28/2018 - 11:06am
Phishing Email (on campus)

The wire transfer scam targeting financial officers is a persistent one, with variations on it continuing to be reported at Brown.

Posted: 03/27/2018 - 10:06am
Phishing Email (on campus)

If you fall prey to a toner scam (see earlier Phish Bowl posts), the deal you thought you'd agreed to might become a rip-off like the following example,

Posted: 03/26/2018 - 2:36pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Renu Jha <>
Date: March 22, 2018 at 7:23:45 AM EDT

Posted: 03/22/2018 - 9:12am
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: 03/21/2018 - 1:23pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Rowe, Angela <>
Date: Fri, Mar 16, 2018 at 8:04 AM
Subject: Treat this update urgently!


Posted: 03/16/2018 - 9:08am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: service <service>
Date: Sun, Mar 4, 2018 at 4:52 PM
Subject: You added a new address
To: Josiah_Carberry <josiah_carberry>

Posted: 03/05/2018 - 12:40pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Freddy Braunsheidel <accounts>
Date: Mon, Mar 5, 2018 at 11:55 AM
Subject: Bill No 89050847
To: josiah_carberry

Thanks for using online billing.

Posted: 03/05/2018 - 12:24pm
Legitimate Email

While this email may look phishy, it is a legitimate warning from Google of someone attempting to access your account and their blocking it.

Posted: 02/28/2018 - 11:18am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: <sales.representative>
Date: 2018-02-26 11:47 GMT-05:00
Subject: Confirmation #315955MV
To: josiah_carberry

Transaction Status: Shipped!

Posted: 02/26/2018 - 12:18pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

This is a postscript to an earlier warning about the phish BROWN PART TIME JOB OFFER, which illustrates what could happen should you respond to

Posted: 02/23/2018 - 1:33pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Sergeant Robert Brown <sergeantrobertbrown>
Date: Sun, Feb 18, 2018 at 10:06 PM
Subject: I seek for your assistance

Posted: 02/20/2018 - 4:33pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Aside from the definitely non-Apple mailing address (, what else would make you suspicious of this email reported today?

Posted: 02/19/2018 - 9:24am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Paul Cooke <>
Date: Thu, Feb 15, 2018 at 6:55 PM
Subject: Open invoices

Posted: 02/16/2018 - 11:21am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Jacqueline T Newman <JTNEWMAN>
Date: Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 3:19 PM
Subject: Alert

Posted: 02/14/2018 - 3:36pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Be on alert for a scammer posing as Brown's Student Health Insurance carrier. Several students have reported these calls, which originate from a Canadian-based number.

Posted: 02/14/2018 - 2:53pm
Phishing Email (on campus)


From: James Parker <jamespaker4325>
Date: Mon, Feb 5, 2018 at 11:41 AM
Subject: .

Posted: 02/05/2018 - 12:06pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

While this email does not contain any links or attachments, it does entice its reader with a polite job offer if you provide a personal email address.

Posted: 01/22/2018 - 10:17am
Phishing Email (on campus)

Beware of emails offering to share documents via "Docsign" (and not "DocuSign") from and related domains. The following are two examples of recent reports of these phishing emails.

Posted: 01/11/2018 - 10:19pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Denise Reese <dreese>
Date: Thu, Jan 11, 2018 at 12:13 PM
Subject: New Document: Doc #229640.pdf

Denise V. Reese Sent you a Document "Doc #229640.pdf".

Posted: 01/11/2018 - 1:21pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

One of items in the phishing scammer's toolkit is the ability to spoof email addresses, making it easy to take the name in your account -- and sometimes the @brownedu address as well -- and to place it in the From fie

Posted: 01/10/2018 - 2:30pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Watch out for employment scams like the following, which specifically prey on college students.

Posted: 01/09/2018 - 10:00am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Mychal Grenawalt <mychalgrenawalt>
Date: Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 9:10 AM
Subject: Document

Posted: 01/09/2018 - 9:39am