Email invitations purporting to come from the CITES Secretariat

Updated on 28 October 2022

Geneva, 17 May 2022 - The CITES Secretariat has been made aware that fake email invitations to accept an award letter have recently been sent using the name of the CITES Secretary-General as the original sender. A sample of such an invitation is shown below:

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The Secretariat wishes to inform all CITES Parties and other relevant stakeholders, including the Committee members of the Standing Committee, as well as the representatives of the Permanent Missions to the United Nations Office at Geneva, that such emails are not sent from the CITES Secretariat or any of its staff. The Secretariat recommends not to open or reply to such emails, open attachments, or follow any hyperlinks contained therein.

Parties and other relevant stakeholders are advised to check closely for any irregular communication purporting to originate from the Secretariat. If in doubt, you may wish to contact the Secretariat through a separate email to [email protected], or by other means of communication, such as telephone.