It’s tax season - be on the alert for tax and payroll phishing scams.

As we approach tax filing season, be on the alert for tax- and payroll-related phishing attempts and other scams. These attempts can appear to come from anywhere, even people you know.

UNLV and NSHE will never ask you for your password or other personal information through an email.

While OIT works to prevent phishing messages from reaching your inbox, you should also know the signs in order to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of phishing. Remember to think before you click:

  • Do not enter any personal information, usernames, or passwords in response to an email or on a website that is linked to in an email.

  • Watch for urgent calls to action, especially if they request your personal information. For example: “You must act now to verify your account.”

  • Look for grammar or spelling mistakes, but don’t rely on them to give away phishing attempts.

  • If you think a message looks odd in any way, do not click on any links or attachments in the message. Watch out for emails that do not match the normal writing style of the sender or are strangely brief. When in doubt, contact the person it came from in some other manner (e.g., call them using a number you know is legitimate.)

  • If you hold your mouse pointer over a link without clicking (called a mouse-over), you can preview the URL it leads to by looking in the bottom left corner of your browser window. If the URL looks suspicious or unexpected, it’s most likely a phishing attempt.

If you receive an email, phone call, or other message that you think may be suspicious you should immediately report it to the IT Help Desk at 702-895-0777 or ithelp [at] unlv [dot] edu.

For more information about phishing, please visit smartcomputing.unlv.edu/phishing or view additional resources at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0003-phishing.

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