Calls from Spoofed Brown Phone Numbers

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.

If you receive a call that looks like a Brown number but doesn't indicate a caller's name or department, you may want to do a quick lookup of the number at https://directory.brown.edu, using the Advancd Search feature. Enter the phone number to see if it's listed, and if not, then you've been spoofed.

The article Caller ID Spoofing on the FTC's site provides a good explanation of this practice, and How to Protect Yourself From Caller ID Spoofing includes an explanation on how phone spoofing is done.

Phishing
Phishing Email (on campus)

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