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  • Fraud Alert

SDSN is aware of various schemes, being circulated via email, WhatsApp, or other means, falsely stating that they are issued by or associated with the SDSN and/or the United Nations. These schemes may seek to extract money and in some cases personal details from the recipients of such correspondence. Such schemes are fraudulent.

The correspondence, documents, e-mails addresses, and web sites are made to look like they originate with SDSN, and may contain official-looking SDSN letterheads and/or logos, logos or forms of the United Nations, and e-mail or web site addresses resembling the official addresses of SDSN or the United Nations. The schemes, which have no connection whatsoever with SDSN, take many forms.

Fake vacancy announcements have been repeatedly circulated in the name of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN) via non-SDSN websites and emails imitating SDSN email addresses. In some cases, correspondence falsely signed in the name of real SDSN officials, asking would-be applicants to part with copies of personal documents and even money.

SDSN posts all job vacancies at http://unsdsn.org/get-involved/careers and, in some cases, cross-posts positions on www.idealist.org. Please disregard any employment-related emails that do not originate from an email ending in “@unsdsn.org” as well as any jobs not listed at http://unsdsn.org/get-involved/careers. Pass on this warning to anyone you think may be affected. SDSN does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process, nor will we ever request bank account information. Any requests for such payment or information should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action and to SDSN by email.

Another scam has affected the International Conference on Sustainable Development, or ICSD, held in New York, USA, each September and hosted by the SDSN. All information on this event, official registration, and payment of fees takes place at www.ic-sd.org, and all email correspondence will come from an email ending in “@unsdsn.org” or “@ic-sd.org”. Any emails or web addresses not matching this are fraudulent. If you receive suspicious requests for payment or information, refuse them, report them to local law enforcement authorities, and notify SDSN by email.

If you become aware of suspicious correspondence, kindly bring this to our attention by forwarding the correspondence to us.