scam ongoing jan 2010 - things to look out for
I received the same employment offers from OCHA but all the phone numbers on it were wrong, they didn't reply to Emails with questions, and when I spoke to the switchboard at an OCHA Geneva number I got through researching, they said the people named in the offers did not work for OCHA.
The real UN never asks people to pay for visa fees, housing, travel, accommodation, they either pay for it or give you allowances to cover it, in advance. Had I reached that stage, I would not have paid because I know this due to having some experience with the UN. What I did learn from it is that ALL real UN Email addresses should end in un.org or in [name of organisation]. org - eg ocha.org, unhcr.org, wfp.org . If you don't see addresses like that, don't waste your time. I hope these people who pray on innocent victims are caught.
If I'd checked the Email address for these jobs more carefully, maybe the alarm bells might have rung, and I wouldn't have wasted all that time on "applications to nowhere ..." Hope this helps someone else.
scam ongoing - march 2010
I was just today about to transfer money for an apartment in Geneva, and thought I'd double-check as I hadn't actually spoken with anybody throughout this recruitment process. I am devastated, and feeling not too clever.
Has anyone had any contact with OCHA about this? Or what can one do about the identity theft?
To help others avoid this scam, here is some additional information:
- the original e-mail came from [email@example.com], which led me to believe it was authentic
- subsequent contact was with [firstname.lastname@example.org], [email@example.com] and [firstname.lastname@example.org]
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