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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Warning to players over rugby club scam

EMAIL: IRFU alerted to cash-request fraudsters

RUGBY chiefs have issued a warning about a scam aimed at players and coaches.

The International Rugby Board (IRB) is liaising with its Irish counterpart, the IRFU, to root out the problem.

In a statement, the IRB drew attention to "an ongoing potential fraudulent email aimed at rugby players and sporting organisations".

"It has come to the attention of the IRB and the IRFU that a person or persons have been operating an internet scam targeted at rugby players and coaches seeking positions abroad," it said.

As part of the scam, members of the rugby community are sent emails requesting payments for visas and playing licences in respect of non-existent clubs and academies.

It is understood that gardai, along with police forces in several countries, have been alerted.

The IRB urged all players and coaches to verify clubs and academies prior to applying for positions and to exercise caution if asked to transfer money.

It is the latest in a series of frauds aimed at the game.

Earlier this week, the South African Rugby Union (SARU) alerted people to a mobile phone scam aimed at rugby supporters.



CALLS

SARU had received a number of calls from individuals who received text messages telling them they had won considerable sums of money in a promotion run by the IRB.

"We can categorically confirm that no competition has ever existed of this nature and that the SMS should be ignored," a SARU spokesman said.

Two years ago, the IRB issued a warning about a scam -- run by people who appeared to be based in Nigeria -- aimed at players and coaches.

comurphy@herald.ie

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