Phish Bowl

The following emails are phishing attempts that have been reported by the Brown community. We advise that you do the following:

  • If you received one and do not see it here, please forward it to (after stripping off any attachments) so that the phishing email can be added to the page.
  • If you received the same email but from a different Brown address than shown, please forward it to us so that we can attend to the new compromise.
  • If you received one already posted here, please report it as phishing to the Gmail team (from within the message, click on the down arrow to the right of the REPLY button and select "Report phishing") or simply delete it.
  • More about phishing at and What to do When You Spot a Phish.
  • Please note that the Phish Bowl account is actively monitored during regular business hours and periodically at other times.
Phishing Alert
Oct 30, 2014 - 12:07 pm

Some members of the Biomedical community have sent inquiries regarding the legitimacy of the following email introducing the Henry Stewart Talks trial at Brown. Though this unsolicited email might appear to be phishing or a scam of some sort, rest assured that it is quite legitimate. The library is currently running a trial of the Henry Stewart Talks Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection through November 16, 2014. Any questions or feedback can be sent to Biomedical and Life Sciences Librarian Laura Pavlech.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Steven Fox < steven >
Date: Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 9:51 AM
Subject: Dr Fortunato Access: The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection
To: xxxxx

Dear Dr Xxxx,

Brown University has arranged trial access for you to view The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection. The collection provides immediate access to over 1,500 online seminar style talks containing the latest research and developments as well as the fundamentals presented by the world's leading experts including a number of Nobel Laureates.

Talks related to your research, instruction and interests can be viewed at

You may be asked for a username and password which are:

Username XXXXX
Password XXXXX

This prestigious new resource is perfect for the classroom setting, the lab, your research, as part of your course curriculum, as a study or reference tool and for personal interests. Please feel free to share your access information with colleagues and students.

If you would like continued access to this collection, reply to this email now with your feedback or make a request (with a comment) via this link:

Kind regards,
Steven Fox
The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection
Henry Stewart Talks
t: +44 (0) 845 680 8707 Ext: 108
a: 28-30 Little Russell Street London WC1A 2HN
*To unsubscribe from this email please click here

This is an outstanding collection. Alongside journals and books no self-respecting institution hosting research in biomedicine and the life sciences should be without access to these talks.
Prof. Roger Kornberg,
Nobel Laureate, Stanford University, USA

This resource is an outstanding contribution to our academic endeavours and a very sensible investment by the university. The quality of this collection is second to none in my experience of the biomedical field for nearly four decades!! Well done indeed.
Prof. Herb Sewell, Pro Vice Chancellor
University of Nottingham, UK

The talks are comprehensive, reliable and well produced and I would recommend them to graduate students and lecturers, as a very useful complement to lectures and to their courses. The program of talks and choice of speakers will give lecturers a chance to hear the state of the field, in an efficient and reliable way, which could not be easily acquired even by extensive reading. I commend Henry Stewart Talks for the novel and extremely useful complement to teaching and research.
Prof. Sir Aaron Klug OM FRS,
Nobel Laureate, Medical Research Council 

Phishing Alert
Oct 28, 2014 - 11:33 am

From: Hasan Koyuncu < hasan.koyuncu >
Subject: YNT: Your Mailbox Is Almost Ful
Date: October 28, 2014 at 8:36:42 AM EDT
To: Hasan Koyuncu < hasan.koyuncu >

Your Mailbox Is Almost Full "CLICK HERE" Update Your Mail Box And Increase Your Account.
Thanks System Administrator.

Kişiye özel bu mesaj ve içeriğindeki bilgiler gizlidir. Mesaj içeriğinde bulunan bilgi, fikir ve yorumlar, sadece göndericiye aittir. T.C. Çevre ve Şehircilik Bakanlığı bu mesajın içeriği ve ekleri ile ilgili olarak hukuksal hiçbir sorumluluk kabul etmez. Yetkili alıcılardan biri değilseniz, bu mesajın herhangi bir şekilde ifşa edilmesi, kullanılması, kopyalanması, yayılması veya mesajda yer alan hususlarla ilgili olarak herhangi bir işlem yapılmasının kesinlikle yasak olduğunu bildiririz. Böyle bir durumda lütfen hemen mesajın göndericisini bilgilendiriniz ve mesajı sisteminizden siliniz. İnternet ortamında gönderilen e-posta mesajlarındaki hata ve/veya eksikliklerden veya virüslerden dolayı mesajın göndericisi herhangi bir sorumluluk kabul etmemektedir. Teşekkür ederiz.
*** Bu mail zararlı içeriğe karşı, T.C. Çevre ve Şehircilik Bakanlığı Antivirus Sistemleri tarafından taranmıştır. ***

The information contained in this communication may contain confidential or legally privileged information. Responsibility about sent contents belongs to the sender. The Ministry of Environment and Urbanism doesn't accept any legal responsibility for the contents and attachments of this message. If you are not the intended recipient you are hereby notified that any disclosure, use, copying, distribution or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the sender immediately by responding to this e-mail and then delete it from your system. The sender does not accept any liability for any errors or omissions or any viruses in the context of this message which arise as a result of internet transmission. Thank you.
*** This mail was scanned for known viruses by The Ministry of Environment and Urbanism Antivirus systems. ***

Phishing Alert
Oct 24, 2014 - 2:08 pm

We've provided three clues as to why this is a phishing email. Can you spot others?

Phishing Alert
Oct 15, 2014 - 8:10 pm

From: "TAYLOR, Gary (Atlanta)"< gary.taylor >
Date: Oct 15, 2014 8:17 AM
Subject: IT HelpDesk

Your account safety is our top priority.

Recently, we have detected some unusual activity on your account and as a result, all email users are urged to update their email account within 24 hours of receiving this e-mail, using the

Please, click Validate email account to confirm that your email account is up to date with the institution requirement.

Do not ignore this message to avoid termination of your mail account. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused, but your account safety and privacy is very important to us.

Thanks for your Co-Operation.
IT HelpDesk

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All Right Reserved. 

Phishing Alert
Oct 9, 2014 - 11:41 am

There have been multiple reports of this phishing email, with slight differences in the details of each order.


Phishing Alert
Oct 8, 2014 - 8:46 am

From: Painter, Joan < JPainter >
Date: Wed, Oct 8, 2014 at 8:09 AM
Subject: RE: Your password
To: "Painter, Joan"

Dear User‏‏

Your password will expire in 3 Days Click on Staff and Faculty staff and faculty to validate your e-mail.

ITS help desk

Phishing Alert
Oct 7, 2014 - 11:02 am

From: < >
Date: Tue, Oct 7, 2014 at 10:52 AM
Subject: Enter the following information as it appears on your 2013 Federal Income Tax Return Required fields*

Internal Revenue Service.
you are to update your IRS e-file immediately, To Update - < Click Here >

IRS e-file. Since 1990 

Phishing Alert
Oct 2, 2014 - 3:41 pm

The following is more like spam than phishing, but due to receiving multiple reports, it has been included in the Phish Bowl. Should you received this or something similar, mark it as spam to alert Google.

From: Полина Толстая < pollytolstaya >
Date: Thu, Oct 2, 2014 at 3:26 PM
Subject: Lecture on US - Russia relations, or Lecture in Moscow
To: <  multiple addresses >

Dear Dr. < multiple recipients >,

I am writing to see if you would be interested in presenting an online guest lecture at the National Research Nuclear University in Moscow (NRNU) during the 2014 fall semester.

The subject of the lecture is up to you but it would be great if it has some connection to the US - Russia relations and/or cooperation in some areas but it is not mandatory.

The language is English and the East Coast time is 8.15 - 9.30 AM (4.15 - 5.30 PM Moscow time) plus Q & A.

This project is sponsored by NRNU and American University in Moscow and is a part of the effort to build direct contacts between U.S. and Russian universities, their faculty and students to facilitate the exchange of ideas which would allow better understanding between our societies. At some point it would be good to involve U.S. students as well.

Please let us know if you have any questions or need additional information.

Thank you very much for your consideration and we are looking forward to hearing from you.

Polina Tolstaya
Project Coordinator for
NRNU and American University in Moscow

Phishing Alert
Oct 1, 2014 - 11:41 am

​From: Xxxx, Xxxx < ​xxxx >
Date: Sun, Sep 28, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Please see attachment for your secure document
you have received a secure File.
Document Document-004
Google Drive: create, share, and keep all your stuff in one place. 

Phishing Alert
Oct 1, 2014 - 9:24 am

From: BROWN.EDU < conlan_orino >
Date: Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Re-Validate- < Click Here>>

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