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, the United Nations Office for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) and/or their officials. These scams, which may seek to obtain money and/or in many cases personal details from the recipients of such correspondence, are fraudulent.

Please note that:

• The United Nations does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training, housing or other fee).
• Any UN-OHRLLS jobs are advertised ONLY through the official United Nations recruitment site: Go to: 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.

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 query ( before taking any further action in relation to the correspondence.