Phishing Good News / Bad News

There’s Fishing luresgood news and bad news about phishing.

First the bad news. ISG and the Help Desk have received numerous reports from the community of phishy emails this past semester. While that means that the unrelenting phishing flow has not dried up, the good news is, this also indicates you’re getting wise to the wiles of the scam artists.

When we learn of an attempt that is particularly deceptive, widespread or dangerous, ISG posts it as an Alert and to the Phishing & Malware section of the CIS blog.  If you do receive such a phishing email or are concerned about one, let us know at ISG@brown.edu.

Over the last five months, in fact, we’ve felt it appropriate to warn the community on seven different occasions. One particularly interesting variation was the “Second Hand Scam” reported in early March. The scammers sent phony job offers, supposedly from Brown University, often including an attachment containing the offer and terms of the position along with contact information. While the attachments appeared benign, providing the information requested in them would allow the scammers to begin a social engineering attack on the unsuspecting recipient.

And if you’d like to test your “scam sensor”, visit the site Top Massachusetts Deals to view examples of websites with offers too good to be true, such as “Deals R Us” and “Debt Menders” (presented by the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation to educate consumers about the scams and false claims that exist in today’s marketplace.)

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