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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
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.....

Legitimate Email
Upcoming security requirements for your OHIO account 03/09/2021

Modern authentication and multi-factor authentication notice from Ohio University Information Technology.

Legitimate Email
*IMPORTANT & TIME SENSITIVE* OHIO COVID Operations Message 03/09/2021

Greetings,
 
Ohio University’s COVID Operations team, on behalf of the Athens City- County Health Department (ACCHD), is attempting to speak with you regarding an important and time-sensitive matter.

Legitimate Email
*SECOND ATTEMPT* OHIO COVID Operations Message 03/09/2021

Greetings,
 
Per our previous communication, Ohio University’s COVID Operations team, on behalf of the Athens City-County Health Department (ACCHD), is attempting to speak with you regarding an important and time-sensitive matter.
 

Confirmed Phish
Employment! OR Administrative Assistant - Part Time 03/08/2021

Good Morning,

My name is Dr. Christine Foster  . I am a retired professor at Ohio University. Due to the concerns surrounding COVID-19 , Also affecting the university academic calendar ,I urgently need  the services of a competent student administrative assistant to work Part-time and get paid $350 weekly.  Tasks will be carried out remotely. If interested, Do text  your name to  (205) 386-5521  so as to proceed

 
Best Regards,
Dr. Christine Foster

Legitimate Email
Ohio University's COVID Outreach 03/05/2021

THIS IS AN OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE FROM OHIO UNIVERSITY'S COVID OPERATIONS

Confirmed Phish
Important Message - Validate Mailbox 03/01/2021

This E-mail is to notify all staff and students at Ohio University that there will be an upgrade on our Email Services....

Confirmed Phish
No Preview Available 02/26/2021

Contains attachment labeled "call_recording....."

Legitimate Email
Your orginization now manages your account 02/25/2021

Hi [INSERT NAME],

An admin verified that your organization owns the domain associated with your account's email address: ohio.edu. Going forward, your organization admin will be able to manage your Atlassian account and how you access Atlassian products....

Confirmed Phish
Notification Case CS0030147 ohio.edu 02/24/2021

Dear [your ohioid],

Your account password will expire in 2days. Keep same Pasword

Confirmed Phish
Ohio University Malbox Notification 02/24/2021

This E-mail is to notify all staff and students at Ohio University that there will be an upgrade on our Email Services.....

Confirmed Phish
IT HelpDesk Important Message! OR Ohio - Mailbox Quota Verification 02/23/2021

This E-mail is to notify all staff and students at Ohio University that there will be an upgrade on our Email Services.
 

Confirmed Phish
Part-time Administrative Assistant Needed 02/22/2021

The services of an undergraduate student  is needed to work part- time  as an  administrative assistant and get paid $450 weekly....

Confirmed Phish
FEB 22TH ASSESSMENT 02/22/2021

Are you free to handle a task immediately?

Confirmed Phish
Part-time Personal Assistant Job Slot 02/03/2021

There is a remote opening for a responsible Personal Assistant to provide personalised secretarial and administrative support to Dr. Sophie Russel in a well-organised and timely manner.