Hello (your first name)

From: Jay Calhoun <checkinganna @gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Nov 29, 2017 at 11:09 AM
Subject: Hello Josiah.
To: Josiah_Carberry @brown.edu

Are you there? get back to me here as soon as you get this message i have some information to pass across to you.

Jay Calhoun
Interim Vice President for Finance
Office of the President
(401) 843-2234
(401) 843-7737
president @brown.edu
Sent from my iPhone

The above message, while clearly a phishing attempt given the sender's email address (checkinganna @gmail.com) may fool a casual reader, especially since it includes the recipient's first name in the subject line, contains no link, asks a simple question and has included a detailed signature section. Replying to it, however, will connect you with the imposter, whose next step is likely to be a request to transfer funds, such as in this recent Phish Bowl posting about an urgent need for a wire transfer.

Phishing Email (on campus)

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