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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:

Employment Scams

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 Questions and the United Nations Privacy Policy.

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 Secretary-General;

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 International"; and

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 CORRESPONDENCE.


For general inquiries or technical support on applying online please contact us at estaffing@un.org. Please describe in detail the problem you encountered as well as what you were trying to do. The more information you can provide the better we can assist you.