Scams Implying Association with the World Tourism Organization
The World Tourism Organization of the United Nations (UNWTO) has become aware of various fraudulent schemes purporting to be from or associated with the Organization.
UNWTO wishes to warn the public of these misleading communications that do not originate from the Organization, and are not in any way associated with its activities.
The schemes may consist of letters, sent either via e-mail, fax, regular mail, or from websites, that are made to look like they originate from UNWTO. For example, they may contain official-looking UNWTO stationery, including its emblem and name, and email or website addresses which include the words “World Tourism Organization” or “UNWTO” or some similar name, or the name of a real or fictitious UNWTO official. These are fraudulent and UNWTO assumes no responsibility for any consequences, including, but not limited to, financial loss or identity theft or other loss or damage that may derive from such scams.
New schemes, with no connection whatsoever with UNWTO, are appearing with increasing frequency, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. A sampling of such scams include “COVID-free” certificates falsely stating that they have been jointly developed with or endorsed by UNWTO.
Please also be aware that UNWTO activities are promoted through its website, and UNWTO’s initiatives within the framework of COVID-19 can be found in this link.
Such use of the UNWTO name and emblem or other names or indicia in these schemes is unauthorized and illegal. The relevant authorities will be informed of any such activities of which UNWTO becomes aware, for appropriate action to be taken by those authorities.
If you become aware of suspicious communication or scheme, kindly bring this to our attention using the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org