Beware of UN Job Scams

7/22/2010

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Getting out of the military soon?  Thinking of applying for a job with the United Nations (UN) using the job and language skills you picked up during your deployments?  Well, there are scammers who hope you will!

According to a July 12th, 2010,  press release http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs//2010/l3161.doc.htm from the UN’s Department of Public Information, there have been a number of scams recently misusing the UN’s  name and emblem on correspondence, Web sites and emails circulating worldwide.  As always with scams, the intent is to acquire money and/or personal information from those who take the bait.

The UN wants the public to know that:

  • If you are looking for a job with them, they do not charge a fee at any stage of their recruitment process.  Every job opening at their job site http://careers.un.org/UNCareers/tabid/65/language/en-US/Default.aspx  has the following statement:  “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.”
  • The UN does not request information from individuals about their bank accounts or other private information.
  • The UN does not offer jobs, prizes, awards, funds, certificates or scholarships through unsolicited email, mail, fax or phone calls. Officially authorized UN offers would be communicated only through official channels.  The UN does not conduct lotteries or compensate victims of fraud.

For a more complete list of scams, read the UN warning http://careers.un.org/UNCareers/tabid/65/viewtype/SCAM/language/en-US/Default.aspx posted on their job site.  If you have been a target or a victim of a UN-related scam, they suggest you report the scam to national law enforcement agencies for appropriate action.  You can also file a complaint at www.bbb.org.

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