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Warning – Confidence Schemes and Scams – Employment Matters

The UN in Ghana is aware of various schemes, being circulated via e-mails, from internet websites, and via regular mail or fax, falsely stating that they are issued by or associated with the UN or a specific UN Agency. These schemes may seek to extract money and in some cases personal details from the recipients of such correspondence or may offer assistance in securing employment opportunities with UN agencies for a fees or commission. Such schemes are fraudulent.

The schemes may consist of letters, sent either via e-mail, fax, regular mail, or from websites, which appear as various proposals from people purporting to be officials of the UN or UN agencies. The correspondence and other documents, e-mails addresses and websites may be made to look like they originate with the UN. For example, they may contain official-looking UN logo, name, e-mail or website addresses; they may contain the words “United Nations” or the name of a real United Nations entity or fictitious one.

Such schemes, which have no connection whatsoever with the UN, take many forms. Please be aware that new schemes are appearing with increasing frequency.

Employment Scams in particular are becoming increasingly common. You can identify a scam by being aware that:

  • The UN does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training, or any other fees).
  • Offers of employment or job openings with requests for payment of fees are fraudulent. The scammers’ request for the payment of fees may come only after you have accepted the fraudulent offer.
  • Invitations to e-mail interviews are fraudulent. The UN does not conduct recruitment or employment information interviews via e-mail.
  • The UN does not ask for 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 UN for its information.
  • The UN does not conduct its recruitment or procurement process through external entities or individuals on a commission basis.
  • The UN does not offer prizes, awards, funds, certificates, scholarships or conduct lotteries through e-mail, mail or fax.

Any transfer of money or personal information to those issuing such fraudulent correspondence can result in a substantial financial loss and/or identity theft. The UN is not responsible for any such loss or theft.

Victims of cybercrime should report to the Cybercrime Unit under the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), located near the Police Headquarters in Accra. Alternatively, they can report to the nearest police station and the case will be referred to the CID.