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Scam Alert


Fake websites and social media pages using the Canadian Commission for UNESCO’s (CCUNESCO) name and logo have advertised fake jobs and study grants to scam individuals into providing personal information and paying fees.

CCUNESCO does not charge fees at any stage of a recruitment process and does not offer grants for international students.

Scam alert

Be aware of scams

If you receive an unexpected communication, whether by phone, mail, email, in person or on a social networking site, always consider the possibility that it may be a scam. Remember, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Verify the email sender

Scammers will often use a fake email address that looks like the official domain. Official emails from CCUNESCO use the following format: firstname.lastname@ccunesco.ca

Some examples of fake email addresses include:

NOTE: The domain information does not match ccunesco.ca

Take the time to check

Scammers often request an urgent action and manipulate people using a combination of tactics:

  • Authority (“it is an order to do this”),
  • Secrecy (“this project is secret/confidential”),
  • Valorization (“I count on you for your efficiency and discretion”) and,
  • Pressure (“the success of the operation rests on your shoulders”)

CCUNESCO’s hiring procedures

We use standard hiring procedures to avoid frauds. Be vigilant to any requests that do not respect them.

Vacancies are advertised on the website of the Canada Council for the Arts, under which CCUNESCO operates: https://canadacouncil.ca/about/careers

If you are aware of a scam using the CCUNESCO name, please immediately report it on the platform where it is being promoted and reach out to your national authorities to file a complaint.