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Don't Be a Victim of Phishing Scams This Tax Season

As the Spring 2020 semester and this upcoming tax season begin, we want to remind campus to be mindful of phishing attempts and other scams.

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 you opened from an email. Phishing attempts often appear to come from people you know and may contain official-looking signatures, but are fake.
  • 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. Contact the sender from a known valid 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 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 ithelp@unlv.edu.

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