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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
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.....

Confirmed Phish
Cancel Account Disable Request 05/12/2021

Thank you for contacting us about your request to disable your Ohio University Account...

Legitimate Email
Drug Free Workplace Reminder 04/15/2021

In compliance with the US Department of Education Drug Free Schools and Communities Act....

Confirmed Phish
Recalculation of Your Tax Refund Payment 04/06/2021

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Dear Applicant,

 After the last calculations of your annual tax refund...

Confirmed Phish
FY21 Outstanding Furlough Day Reminder 04/01/2021

​​​​This is an important reminder from Ohio University Human Resources...

Confirmed Phish
Recalculation of Your Tax Refund Payment 03/25/2021

Fraudulent message claiming to be from the IRS Services at Ohio University. Dear Applicant, After the last calculations of your annual tax refund you are eligible to receive an extra tax refund 1400.00 USD

Confirmed Phish
Employement Opportunity 03/12/2021

I am Dr. [REDACTED fake name] and I work as clinical counselor for the department of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES).....
 

Legitimate Email
Weekly public health update: March 9, 2021 03/10/2021

Dear OHIO community members,
Today is the anniversary of the first recorded case of COVID-19 in Ohio. Tomorrow is the anniversary of the day OHIO announced a shift to virtual classes for the remainder of the semester.....