Phish Bowl

A collection of scam emails and other suspicious communications.

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Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Brown University <>
Date: Mon, Feb 24, 2020 at 9:07 AM
Subject: Dear Brown Account Activation Alert

Posted: 02/24/2020 - 9:20am
Legitimate Email

The following email was sent out to certain Brown Dropbox users to alert them of changes in the service.

Posted: 02/19/2020 - 10:43am
Phishing Email (on campus)

Several reports of the following phishing email have surfaced over the last couple of days, and the impersonator Gmail account has been blocked to prevent being able to respond to them.

Posted: 01/30/2020 - 3:27pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Often seen at the beginning and end of academic terms, the "tutor scam" is an example of targeted social engineering that tries to establish a relationship to gain your trust, an

Posted: 01/14/2020 - 9:49am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Christina Paxson <>
Date: Mon, Jan 6, 2020 at 9:24 AM
Subject: Josiah

Posted: 01/06/2020 - 9:49am
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Workday Support <>
Date: Tue, Dec 10, 2019 at 10:07 AM
Subject: [IMPORTANT] Your 2020 Benefits Elections

Posted: 12/10/2019 - 12:01pm
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: 12/06/2019 - 2:06pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Ana Cannilla <>
Date: Fri, Dec 6, 2019 at 10:31 AM
Subject: strike action

Posted: 12/06/2019 - 12:19pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

Beware phony calls from Blue Cross Blue Shield that attempt to socially engineer an unwanted purchase and/or personal information.

Posted: 12/03/2019 - 10:57am
Phishing Email (on campus)

Phone number spoofing -- when the number on your called ID is actually another number masquerading as something familiar  -- is easy to do and, unfortunately, all too commonplace even at Brown.

Posted: 11/19/2019 - 11:41pm
Phishing Email (on campus)

From: Kristine Mcquition <>
Date: Thu, Nov 7, 2019 at 2:36 AM

Posted: 11/07/2019 - 3:46pm
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