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Phish Bowl

The Phish Bowl is a new tool designed to promote phishing awareness. Phishing is the top social attack on businesses, responsible for more than 90% of security breaches. There is no concrete way to prevent phishing attacks, meaning awareness is our strongest line of defense. As phishing messages are reported, they will be posted here along with a verdict and a date. Phishing messages come in a variety of formats. Be sure to check out types of phishing messages to see common phishing attempts the University receives.

Did you receive an email with questionable legitimacy? Report it to security@ohio.edu, and a Security Analyst will investigate the message. They will provide a confirmation about the emails legitimacy and post it here depending on the impact and how elaborate the message is. Below is a searchable table that shows reported phishing messages that OHIO employees and students have received.

There have been reports across the nation about a new phishing campaign where scammers are promising access to the vaccine in exchange for sensitive personal information, as well as companies selling fake treatments promising to cure or prevent Covid-19. Additionally, there are reports of an uptick in other Coronavirus-related scams. For more information, check out Coronavirus advice from the FTC.

Verdict Subject Date Abstract
Confirmed Phish
User shared a file with you 10/14/2021

FWD: [REACTED name] has shared a file with you....

Confirmed Phish
Pay Notification 09/03/2021

This phishing email is designed to look like an urgent message about payments, and to trick recipients into clicking a malicious link.

Confirmed Phish
ohio.edu Action Required 09/01/2021

This phishing email is designed to look like a password expiration email from Office 365, and to trick recipients into clicking a malicious link.

Legitimate Email
Get started with Adobe Spark for Higher-Ed 08/27/2021

Due to recent changes in the way OHIO University handles certain licensing, OHIO staff and faculty may see an increase in Adobe-related emails sharing various products.

Legitimate Email
Immediate Action - Testing Pathway Requirement 08/25/2021

OHIO students, faculty, and staff are required to choose a testing pathway immediately.

Confirmed Phish
Document shared with you: "Human Resources Department Message.docx" 08/17/2021

teamit742@gmail.com shared a document...

Legitimate Email
Login changes coming to PeopleAdmin 08/09/2021

Greetings from UHR:

You are receiving this message because you are an HR System User of PeopleAdmin. HR System Users have access to administrative functions within PeopleAdmin, such as reviewing position postings and reviewing applications, and often act as Hiring Managers or Student Hiring Managers.

Confirmed Phish
Help Desk 07/21/2021

Malicious email claiming to be from the Service Help Desk. Your Edu account will be De-activated shortly....CLICK HERE

Confirmed Phish
***PERSONAL ASSISTANT*** 07/15/2021

Malicious employment opportunity claiming to be through Ohio University Human Resources with attached .txt file requesting reply to an external email address.

Legitimate Email
Ohio University has assigned you training 07/02/2021

Hello [Name],

We are so glad that you are a part of the Ohio University community...

Confirmed Phish
Document shared with you: "Evaluation.docx01.docx" 07/01/2021

dlopez[@]ossiningufsd[.]org shared a document...

Legitimate Email
AY2021-22 Reappointment 07/01/2021

Hello,

 

Please see the attached PDF...

 

Legitimate Email
FY22 Salary Review 06/30/2021
Hello,
 
Please see the attached PDF...
Confirmed Phish
jredlo shared "FACULTY EVALUATION FORM" with you. 06/29/2021

jredlo shared a file with you...

Confirmed Phish
Ohio University Part-Time Job 06/28/2021

Dear Students and Staff
    
            Work at your convenience and earn $450 weekly.....

Confirmed Phish
Send me your available cell number 06/17/2021

-- 
[REDACTED name]

Dean
College of Business
Ohio University
 

Legitimate Email
A message from President M. Duane Nellis 06/10/2021

A message from President M. Duane Nellis

Dear Colleagues –

I’m reaching out as a follow up to our March announcement....

Confirmed Phish
Favor 05/28/2021

Hi there,
 
I hope your day is going great? Actually, I need a favor from you....

Confirmed Phish
Password_Notification 05/20/2021

Password will expire in (0) days

Confirmed Phish
New 18,640 USD Ohio Pandemic Stimulus Benefit for you. 05/14/2021

Congratulations! You are approved for the new pandemic stimulus benefit.....