As the Fall 2020 semester begins, remember to be mindful of phishing attempts and other scams. These attempts often appear to come from people you know and contain official-looking signatures.
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 help 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.
- Look for obvious grammar or spelling mistakes, but don’t rely on them to give away fake messages.
- If you think a message might look odd, do not click on any links or attachments in the message. For example, emails may not match the normal writing style of the sender, contain unusual requests, or are strangely brief. Contact the person from a known contact method, such as calling them.
- Watch for urgent calls to action, especially if they request account information or something of monetary value, such as iTunes gift cards. For example: “Your account will be closed soon!” or “I need your help!”
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.
For more information about phishing, please visit the FTC Consumer Information phishing site.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the IT Help Desk for assistance.