Beware of Fraudulent Job Offers


The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is aware of fictitious employment offers being circulated via email or originating from online job boards. Many of these schemes consist of an alleged offer of employment or contract with PAHO/WHO.

Such fraudulent correspondence may appear legitimate: they may feature a WHO or PAHO/WHO logo, they may appear to originate from an official-looking email address or web site or they may be sent by individuals purporting to represent the Organization. In some cases, correspondence is falsely signed in the name of a real official of PAHO/WHO, asking applicants to provide copies of personal documents, pay some fees, or provide banking information. These fraudulent schemes mislead individuals with the purpose to extract money and/or personal information.

Please note that PAHO/WHO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. Moreover, the Organization only advertises employment opportunities on its website and bona fide and established media, newspapers and online job boards to disseminate vacancies.

PAHO/WHO wishes to warn the public of these fraudulent practices that do not originate from the Organization, and are not in any way associated with Organization projects or events. PAHO/WHO strongly recommends that recipients of solicitations such as those described above verify very carefully their authenticity before sending any response. Never divulge personal or banking information and never send money if you are unsure of the authenticity of an email or other communication in the name of PAHO/WHO. If you are in doubt, please contact us at for confirmation.

We appreciate your help in bringing suspect communications to our attention so that we may continue to update our warning if the fraudulent schemes take new forms.