FRAUD ALERT

Beware of scams implying association with the United Nations

The United Nations has been made aware of various correspondences, being circulated via e-mail, from Internet web sites, and via regular mail or facsimile, falsely stating that they are issued by, or in association with the United Nations and/or its officials. These scams, which may seek to obtain money and/or in many cases personal details from the recipients of such correspondence, are fraudulent.

The United Nations wishes to warn the public at large about these fraudulent activities being perpetrated purportedly in the name of the Organisation, and/or its officials, and would appreciate your bringing suspect communications to its attention.

Please note that:

    • The United Nations does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training or other fee). Go to:http://jobs.un.org/ and click on Vacancies.
    • The United Nations does not request any information related to bank accounts or other private information.
    • The United Nations does not offer prizes, awards, funds, certificates, scholarships or conduct lotteries through e-mail, mail or fax.
    • United Nations Information Centre, Ankara (UNIC Ankara) and its staff are not involved in the leave process of military and other personnel. Any money request impersonating or using UNIC Ankara and its staff’s name to obtain leave time for military or other personnel or for other services is fraudulent.

Internet users should also be vigilant and cautious about fraudulent e-mails inviting individuals to so-called conferences.

The United Nations strongly recommends that the recipients of solicitations such as those described above exercise extreme caution in respect of such solicitations. Financial loss and identity theft could result from the transfer of money or personal information to those issuing such fraudulent correspondence. Victims of such scams may also report them to their local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

Should you have any doubts about the authenticity of an e-mail, letter or telephone communication purportedly from, for, or on behalf of the United Nations and/or its officials, please send us an e-mail to abuse@un.org before taking any further action in relation to the correspondence.

Not an official document. For information only.

Beware of fraudulent job offers!

UNDG/DOCO is aware of fictitious employment offers being circulated via email or originating from online job boards. Many of these schemes consist of an alleged offer of employment or contract with UNDG/DOCO in return for the payment of fees or providing personal or banking information.

Please note that UNDG/DOCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, traveling, processing, training or any other fees).

Such fraudulent correspondence may appear legitimate: they may feature a UN/UNDG logo, they may appear to originate from an official-looking email address or web site or they may be sent by individuals purporting to represent UNDG/DOCO or an entity which includes the word UN in its name. These fraudulent schemes mislead individuals with the purpose to extract money and/or personal information.

UNDG/DOCO advertises its employment and procurement opportunities on its global websites (http://jobs.undp.org; http://procurement-notices.undp.org) or on the websites of its UN Country Teams (a list of which can be consulted here). UNDG/DOCO also utilizes bona fide and established media and newspapers to disseminate its vacancies.

Beware if an offer of employment looks too good to be true. Never divulge personal and banking information or send money if you are unsure of the authenticity of an email or other communication in the name of UNDG/DOCO. If you are in doubt, please contact us for confirmation.

If you did mistakenly provide your information to a suspected fraudster, please report it to local law enforcement authorities or, if one of the two parties is based in the United States, to the Internet Crime Complaint Center for appropriate action.