Scams, Myths & Hoaxes About the UN
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Created Nov. 7, 2010
"These distortions, myths, and outright lies about the United Nations are usually designed to
get something of value from you -- if not your money, then probably your vote."
Please Do Not Be Fooled
Please Don't Be Fooled -- The UN Doesn't
Make Payments Directly to Individuals

Nov., 2010 -- It has recently come to our attention
that an email message is circulating on the internet
that purports to offer $100,000 to victims of
internet fraud.  (Source:

The message claims to be from the "ECOBANK,"
and it refers to "United Nations Scam Victims
Compensation Payments."  

According to the email,
"You are listed and approved for this payment as one of the scammed victims....  
Get back to us as soon as possible for the immediate payments of your $100,000 USD compensation

Please be aware that this email message is itself fraudulent and a scam.  If you receive this
message, do not reply to it, and do not attempt to collect a payment.  We recommend that you do not
click on any links provided by the sender.  The email message states:

"The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) (Motto: No Body is Above the Law) have
combined effort with the United Nation Anti-crime commission to alleviate and redeem the image and
past wounds of foreigners and firms who were defrauded, scammed and abandoned by this syndicates
to slight down our dignities to international communities."  

However, there is no United Nations Anti-Crime Commission.  
Moreover, the United Nations -- although it has many partnerships
with non-governmental organizations -- does not generally make
payments directly to individuals.  

In every hoax, there is a kernel of truth.  In this one, it is true that the
United Nations is concerned with international crime.  In fact, there is
a United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which has as its mission to "assist Member States
in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism."  (Source:  

The UNODC is concerned primarily with human trafficking and migrant smuggling, money-laundering,
organized crime, piracy, and terrorism prevention.  But, there is no initiative to make payments to victims
of internet scams.  

Many people in the United States are ignorant of the role that is played by the United Nations
and its many specialized agencies.  As a result, unsuspecting Americans are prime targets for
scams and rumors involving the United Nations in the plot line.  

We are aware of at least one Oklahoma
resident who lost a considerable sum of
money because of an internet scammer who
claimed (falsely) that an international money
transfer was being held up by a UN-imposed
fee of $5,600.  He did not realize that he was
being scammed until after he approached his
credit union seeking a loan.  

Our chapter of the United Nations Association
is dedicated to educating Oklahomans of all
ages about the mission, purpose, and good
work of the United Nations.  

As we explain on our Facebook page, "We're
committed to constructive U.S. leadership in
an effective UN. We help to carry the message
that the
UN works!"

"As a local chapter of the nation's largest
grassroots foreign policy organization, we offer
Oklahomans the opportunity to connect with
issues confronted by the UN -- from global
health and human rights to the spread of
democracy, equitable development and
international justice."  

Obviously, education is central to our purpose
as a local chapter of the UN Association.  

We are reminded of the old bumper sticker slogan that says:  "If you think education is expensive, try
The Truth About UN Taxes
This is a Public Notice for People Who Have Received a Message About a
Payment from the United Nations
<>  Claim:  A UN small arms treat signed by the
United States provides a "legal way around the 2nd
Snopes reports that this claim is

<>  Claim:  The U.S. is about to surrender its
sovereignty to the United Nations.   
concludes that this rumor is

<>  Claim:  The United Nations has conferred on
everyone the privilege to drive freely throughout
the world.  You can avoid paying for traffic tickets
or establish a new identity by obtaining an
International Driver's License.   
This claim is
, according to Snopes.  

<>  Claim:  The Obama administration has
proposed using UN-guided principles to ban
recreational fishing in the United States.   
Snopes says.
The following
internet rumors
about the United
Nations have been
documented by
Other Rumors, Distortions, and Urban Legends
The internet is a Rumor Mill of vast proportions.  Lies, Myths, and Urban
Legends about the United Nations are routinely propagated through email.  
At times, they are spread through broadcast media.  Even our politicians
have been known to distort, exaggerate, and misconstrue the true motives
and good efforts of the United Nations.  

For example, not long ago the host of an Oklahoma City radio talk show
made an off-hand reference to a supposed UN tax on internet users.  The
UN "tax" was a product of his imagination, and we pointed that out to him.  
We think radio ought to be a medium for education and enlightenment -- not as a source for myths and

Another example:  For years, various political fringe groups have been making the claim that,
Taxes Are Back, Watch Your Wallet!"
 These hysterical claims are often accompanied by appeals for
your "donation" to fight the loss of American sovereignty.  

One more example:  In 2009, our Oklahoma Legislature approved a Resolution opposed to the Rights of
Children because of false and distorted claims about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.  The
Resolution was filled with misconceptions about the UN's role in promoting human rights.  
(See more information ...

These distortions, myths, and outright lies about the United Nations are usually designed to
get something of value from you -- if not your money, then probably your vote.
 We encourage
all Oklahomans to protect themselves by learning more about the United Nations.  
Photo: The Daily Mail
The fact is that individual American citizens are not required to pay taxes
directly to the UN.  Yet, we receive a benefit from the United Nations every
day in the form of a more orderly, peaceful, and sustainable planet.  
What a bargain!  

Here is my offer to you:  

If you ever receive an invoice or a statement or a bill from the United Nations making a claim of a
payment due for UN Taxes ... Send it to me.  
I will handle it for you!  


Bill Bryant
Greater Oklahoma City Chapter
United Nations Association of the USA
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