For Immediate Release
Internet scam artists have tried to impersonate American Ambassador David Hale and the American Embassy in an attempt to get Lebanese people to send them money. Don’t believe them!
In several of these attempts, these criminals have contacted people via social media with an invitation to connect to “David Hale.” When they have, they received a message saying that, for a certain sum of money, they could be named a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations. Victims were then requested to send money to an office in London. Ambassador Hale does not make UN appointments and would not solicit funds from people. In other attempts, the perpetrators have sent unsolicited emails for fees to process immigrant visa documents and work permits.
Correspondence purporting to be from Ambassador Hale requesting any payment of funds or personal information is false. We caution against providing any personal or financial information to unsolicited emails or social media contact.
If you would like more information about how the UN does appoint its Goodwill Ambassadors, please see the UN website: ask.un.org/faq/14597