As the spring semester and tax season begin, remember to be mindful about phishing attempts and tax-related scams. These attempts often appear to come from people you know and contain official-looking signatures and information.
We recommend taking the following steps to help protect yourself from phishing and other scams:
OIT works to prevent phishing messages from reaching your inbox and sends phishing alerts to keep campus informed of threats. However, your best defense is to always think before you click:
- Never enter any personal information, usernames, or passwords in response to an email or on a website that is linked to from an email, even from people you know.
- Watch for urgent calls to action, especially if they request account information or something of monetary value. For example: “Your account will be closed soon!” or “I need your help. Please send iTunes gift cards!”
- If you think a message or request looks odd, do not click on any links or attachments in the message and do not respond to the message. Contact the person using information you know is valid, such as calling them using their number listed in the Employee Locator, to verify the request.
UNLV and OIT will never ask you for your password or other personal information through email. Report suspicious emails, phone calls, etc. immediately to the IT Help Desk at 702-895-0777 or email@example.com.