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The Football Association warns of “trial scam”

The FA is warning players, parents, clubs and agents about an increase in reports to relating to a “trial scam”.

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Fraudsters purporting to be licensed agents and football club employees are sending out letters and spam emails promising trials with various clubs. The FA says that the football clubs and agents whose names have been used have nothing to do with the scam.

The scam works by promising trials to young players with various clubs and asks for an advance payment to cover “insurance and travel”. The money is usually requested via services like Western Union.

The FA said on its website “If you have any doubts about any correspondence received purporting to come from a club or agent you should contact The FA Financial Regulation team for advice.”

“All FA Licensed agents should ensure that they have their correct and full contact details listed on to prevent their names being used in the scam”

Read more about the scam on the FA website.

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If you are a victim of this scam you can call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting tool.

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