Beware of phishing attempts and other email scams!

As we start the fall semester, remember to be mindful about phishing attempts and other attempts to steal your private information. These attempts can appear to come from anywhere, even people you know.

To protect yourself, never enter any personal information, usernames, or passwords in response to an email, or on a website that is linked to from an email. Never open files in an email that you were not expecting.

While OIT does everything possible to catch and stop phishing messages to your UNLVMail or Rebelmail account, you should know the signs in order to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of phishing. Remember to think before you click:

  • Watch for urgent calls to action, especially if they request your personal information. For example: “You must verify your account now or it will be deleted within 48 hours.”

  • Beware of “too good to be true” offers and giveaways for cash, free gift cards, tickets, etc.

  • Look for obvious grammar or spelling mistakes, but don’t rely on them to give away fake messages.

  • If you think a message is odd, do not click on any links or attachments in the message. Even .pdf and .doc files can contain malicious software that can hijack your computer. Contact the sender in some other manner (e.g., call them) to verify that they meant to send you the files.

  • Report suspicious emails, phone calls, etc. immediately to the IT Help Desk at 702-895-0777 or ithelp [at] unlv [dot] edu.

UNLV and OIT will never ask you for your password or other personal information through email. For more information about phishing, please visit

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the IT Help Desk.