Scammers on the prowl: UN Namibia

08 Jul 2017 10:40am
WINDHOEK, 08 JUL (NAMPA) - The United Nations (UN) in Namibia has sternly warned the public about scammers extorting money on the pretence that they represent the UN, its agencies or programmes.
A media statement issued Friday from the organisation’s Department of Safety and Security says UN Namibia’s name was recently implicated in several identity fraud cases in the capital.
The agencies implicated include the World Health Organisation and the United Nations Development Programme.
According to the statement, the scammers request detailed information, or money from individuals, businesses or non-profit organisations with the promise that the victims will receive funds or other benefits in return.
“Others ask for registration fees for conferences, which are allegedly sponsored by UN agencies and for hotel reservations, again with the promise of certain benefits.”
Another type of scam proposes employment opportunities with UN agencies.
“These scams sometimes carry the UN logo, or logos of agencies of the UN System, and originate from or refer to e-mail addresses made to look like an agency or UN address,” the document reads.
UN Namibia strongly recommends that recipients of such solicitations verify their authenticity carefully before sending out any response.
In addition, UN Namibia, has asked the public to alert them by bringing suspicious communications to their attention.