Procurement Fraud Notice

Sep 29, 2017

Fake procurement notices have been repeatedly circulated  in the name of UNDP via non-UNDP and non-UN websites, emails imitating UNDP email addresses, and other  means of communications such as phone calls from individuals alleging affiliation with UNDP. In some cases, correspondence falsely signed in the name of real  UNDP officials has ensued, asking  would-be bidders to part  with  copies of personal documents and even money.

UNDP is aware of various  procurement-related schemes being circulated via e-mails,  Internet web sites, regular mail or fax, or verbal  communications, falsely stating that  they are  issued  by, or associated with UNDP or the United Nations. The schemes involve communications (written and/or  verbal),  which appear as  various   proposals  from   people   purporting  to  be  officials  of  UNDP or   the   United   Nations.  The correspondence and  other documents, e-mails  addresses and  web  sites  may  be made  to look like they originate from UNDP. For example, they may contain  official-looking  UNDP stationery, including  the UNDP emblem  or name, or some  variation thereof, and  e-mail or web site addresses, including  the full name or acronym of UNDP or some similar  name, or the name of a fictitious  UN entity  purporting to act on UNDP's behalf. The names of real UNDP officials may also be used.

These schemes may seek  to extract money and in some  cases personal details  from the recipients of such correspondence. Such schemes are fraudulent.

Please be aware that:

  • All procurement notices  are  published in this website,  as well as  UN Global  Marketplace and UN Development Business.
  • UNDP does  not  charge  any  fees,  nor  does  it  request or  issue  personal checks,  money  transfers (Money Grams, Western Union, and other types) at any stage of its procurement process.
  • UNDP does   not  request any  banking   information while  the  procurement process   is  ongoing. Vendors will only be asked for payment information after a contract is awarded and formalized.
  • UNDP does not offer prizes, awards, funds, scholarships or certificates over telephone or fax.
  • Unauthorized use of the  UNDP name  and  emblem, or  other  names  or indicia,  is illegal.  Relevant authorities will be informed  of any such activities of which  UNDP becomes  aware, for appropriate action to be taken by those authorities.

 

If you have any doubt  about procurement-related information received  from any source and purporting to originate from UNDP, please take the following steps:

  • Verify the authenticity of such  information by diligently  checking  it against procurement notices and contact information posted  on the aforementioned websites. Please take extra  caution  if you have not expressed interest in an upcoming UNDP procurement action  and/or have not bid on any UNDP business opportunity in the past.
  • Disregard any communications related to UNDP procurement, originating from non-UNDP websites or non-UNDP email addresses, and pass on this warning to anyone you think may be affected.
  • Report any suspicion of fraud to UNDP through the Fraud Hotline of the Office of Audit and Inyestiations (OAI) and th e UNDP Procurement Support Office at [ pso.info@undp.org] before taking any action in response to the communication.
  • Refuse any requests for payment or personal information and report them to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.
  • Exercise  extreme caution  when  dealing with  any  suspicious communication. Financial  l oss  and identity theft  could result  from  the  sending of money  or personal information to  those  issuing fraudulent correspondence.