Online Fraudulent Activity

We do not permit photographers, journalists or anyone else we work with to use their National Geographic affiliation in their personal business.

If you have been in contact with an individual who claims that they are working for National Geographic in a remote location, we recommend that you avoid making any payment to, or doing business with this individual. It is likely a fraudster trying to impersonate National Geographic, or someone affiliated with us.

Please see below for tips on avoiding online fraud.

Tips To Identify and Avoid Fraudulent Activity Online

  • No employee will advertise their employment with National Geographic when selling anything online.

  • Do not send money or sensitive information to any seller claiming any National Geographic affiliation to sell something online.

  • Fraudulent sellers may use an email address that is made to look like a National Geographic email address, but is not a legitimate or email address.

  • Fraudulent activity often occurs on online classified sites such as Craigslist, where sellers post ads for items not located in the market in which they are listed (i.e. a car listed in Detroit, but when contacted, the seller states the item is in Denver). Check out these suggestions from Craigslist for avoiding online fraud. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) also provides information to Consumers about Privacy, Identity & Online Security on their website.

  • If you identify what you believe to be a fraudulent advertisement, please report it to the website where it is listed.

  • Additionally, if you believe you are a victim of online fraud, we suggest that you report it to local law enforcement and the FBI Internet Crime Center (IC3).

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