Warning: Fraudulent email phishing attempts ongoing
We have received recent reports that imposters may increasingly be sending emails using the name of UNFPA and the UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem in an attempt to acquire the recipients personal and banking information.
These kinds of phishing attempts, which you may also receive by text messages, might say that you are eligible for a government loan or any other financial incentive in an attempt to trick you into clicking on a link, opening an attachment, or asking you to disclose personal information by email. It might also warn you about a hacked email account.
Among the data typically requested by such phishing attempts are the user’s name and address; Social Security number; account numbers and passwords; and bank account and credit card information — sometimes even the account holder’s pet names, mother’s maiden name or similar private information used for password recovery can be asked by the imposter.
Please note that UNFPA does periodically run public fundraising campaigns that people can donate to using their credit cards through our secure payment processing system. UNFPA does not store any credit card information on its servers.
UNFPA wishes to warn the public at large about these fraudulent activities being perpetrated purportedly in the name of the Organization, and/or its officials.
Please note that:
- UNFPA does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training or other fee).
- UNFPA does not request any information related to bank accounts or other private information.
- UNFPA does not offer prizes, awards, funds, certificates, compensation for Internet fraud, scholarships or conduct lotteries through e-mail, mail or fax.
UNFPA strongly recommends that 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.