Beware of scams implying association with UNODC

UNODC 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 Office on Drugs and Crime 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.

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

Please note that:

  • UNODC does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training or other fee). Go to: and click on Vacancies.
  • UNODC does not request any information related to bank accounts or other private information.
  • UNODC does not offer prizes, awards, funds, certificates, scholarships or conduct lotteries through e-mail, mail or fax.

UNODC 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 UNODC and/or its officials, please contact us before taking any further action in relation to the correspondence.