WARNING - CONFIDENCE SCHEMES AND SCAMS -EMPLOYMENT MATTERS
The United Nations is aware of various schemes, being circulated via e-mails,
from the Internet web sites, and via regular mail or fax, falsely stating that
they are issued by or associated with the United Nations.
These schemes may seek to extract money and in some cases personal details from
the recipients of such correspondence. Such schemes are fraudulent.
The schemes consist of letters, sent either via e-mail, fax, regular mail, or
from web sites, which appear as various proposals from people purporting to be
officials of the United Nations, its Funds and Programmes and other United
Nations entities. The correspondence and other documents, e-mails addresses and
web sites may be made to look like they originate with the United Nations. For
example, they may contain official-looking United Nations stationery, including
the United Nations emblem or name, or some variation thereof, and e-mail or web
site addresses, including either or both of the words "United Nations" or some
similar name, or the name of a real United Nations entity or fictitious one.
The schemes, which have no connection whatsoever with the
United Nations or the United Nations System of organizations,
take many forms. New schemes are appearing with increasing frequency. A
sampling of such employment scams include:
Offers of employment or vacancy announcements with requests for payment of fees.
The United Nations does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment
process (application, interview meeting, processing, training or any other
fees). The United Nations does not concern itself with
information on bank accounts. Any requests for such payment or information
should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for
appropriate action and to the United Nations for its information.
Entities falsely alleging an association with United Nations recruitment
activities include "US Committee for UN", "United Nations Center for
Development Initiative" and "United Nations Global Military Intelligence". Many
others may also exist.
For further information concerning these employment-related scams, including how
to verify whether any "United Nations" correspondence is genuine or fraudulent,
please click on this link to the
United Nations Office of Human Resources Management's Internet page.
There you will also find information on the United Nations recruitment process
and information security, and links to Frequently Asked
Other Scams include:
Entities such as:
"United Analyze", falsely claiming to be supported by the United Nations;
the "National Awareness Program on HIV/AIDS" and the "Mutual Partnership"
program, both falsely claiming to be associates with the United Nations
the "International Governmental Organization", falsely linked to UNHCR, UNESCO
and the IMF.
the "United Nations Lottery" (not in fact connected with the United Nations) and
a false claim that the United Nations has endorsed the "British Lottery
the "United Nations Organization Anti-Terrorism/Money Laundering Unit" (not in
fact connected with the United Nations) requiring payment for what are termed
"Anti-Terrorism Money Laundering Certificates" in relation to non-existent
"United Nations Stop Orders" (also not connected with the United Nations) on
payments of funds.
Communications falsely stating that they are issued by actual United Nations
entities, such as the "Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)",
and offering money, employment, free travel and visas.
SUCH USE OF THE UNITED NATIONS NAME AND EMBLEM OR OTHER
NAMES OR INDICIA IN THESE SCHEMES IS UNAUTHORIZED AND ILLEGAL. THE RELEVANT
AUTHORITIES WILL BE INFORMED OF ANY SUCH ACTIVITIES, OF WHICH THE UNITED
NATIONS BECOMES AWARE, FOR APPROPRIATE ACTION TO BE TAKEN BY THOSE AUTHORITIES.
EXTREME CAUTION SHOULD BE EXERCISED IN RELATION TO ANY
SUSPICIOUS COMMUNICATION AS FINANCIAL LOSS AND IDENTITY THEFT COULD RESULT FROM
THE SENDING OF MONEY OR PERSONAL INFORMATION TO THOSE ISSUING SUCH FRAUDULENT