Small Duties

This is yet another job scam impersonating a UN agency, where the scammer has taken the additional step of using a reply address on a fraudulent domain that impersonates UNESCO. Here are the red flags indicating that this email is not legitimate:

  • The offer is way too good to be true: $500 for only three hours of casual work per week and no need to go through an interview is not realistic at all.
  • The email is poorly-written, with lots of awkward wording and grammatical errors.
  • The email asks you to send personal information and reply with your “Alternative Email”. This is a ploy to move the conversation off UVic email to evade monitoring.
  • The entire message is actually an image, not text. This is a trick scammers use to evade spam filters and is therefore a bad sign. The image has also been turned into a link that will make your mail app begin a new email with the scammer’s email address prefilled.
  • The sender is not from the UN and does not match the representative named in the email. Inconsistencies like this can often be a sign of a scam.

If you replied to this email, cease contact with the scammer and reach out to the Computer Help Desk immediately for assistance.

Job scam email impersonating someone from UNESCO

Subject: Small Duties
From: [redacted] <*****@f***.org>

This job is for university students with academic difficulties and no prior diagnosis are see and assessed through the academic screening and assessment process. You have received this email because we subscribe to the university in general./

I am Matthias Larsen, project coordinator UNESCO’s mission which our aims and objectives is to contribute to the building of a culture of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information.

We consider this employment simple for anyone to handle because you will only help me purchase items when needed and clear purchase invoices for donor services. This employment only takes an hour a day and 3 times a week with a $500 (five hundred cad) weekly salary.

There won’t be any interview because i am currently away on an official assignment to helping students in Sudan. You will be paid in advance for all tasks and purchased to be done on my behalf. Upon my arrival we will discuss the possibility of making this a long-term employment if i am impressed with your services while i am away and if you are interested.

My arrival is scheduled for 28th of august 2023. I got your email through a short list from the university human resources department.

To apply, kindly email back with your Alternative Email | your full name | age | Address and mobile number to my email below.


Matthias Larsen

Project coordinator

Unesco email: work@[scam email domain redacted]