Hoax messages misusing the UN name
The United Nations has been made aware of a growing number of corespondences, being circulated via email, 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 stongly recommends that the recipients of such solicitations exercise extreme caution in respect of such requests. 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.
In some cases it is clear that the purpose is to gain some advantage, financial or otherwise, from recipients outside the UN system by fraudulently associating the sender wit the UN or its constituent entities. In such cases you should exercise judgment whether to inform other recipients - when known - that the sender has no association with the UN.
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 an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com before taking any further action in relation to the correspondence.