- CONFIDENCE SCHEMES AND SCAMS -EMPLOYMENT MATTERS
The United Nations is aware
of various schemes, being circulated via e-mails, from nternet 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
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
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.
Other Scams include:
Entities such as:
falsely claiming to be supported by the United Nations;
Awareness Program on HIV/AIDS" and the "Mutual Partnership"
program, both falsely claiming to be associated with the United Nations
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.
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.
If you become aware of suspicious job openings or
offers of employment, kindly bring this to our attention using the following