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Fraudsters and e-mail scams targeting sports clubs in England

Sports clubs and treasurers urged to be wary of online scams and fraudsters

In recent months there have been reports of community sports clubs and charities increasingly being targeted by online scams and fraudsters.

In one example, a football club based in Reading, was conned out of over £28,000 after fraudsters posed as the club’s chairman and e-mailed the treasurer, requesting that he transferred instalments of money over to what he thought were companies working for the club. As the club was looking to upgrade its facilities at the time, it didn’t seem too out of the ordinary. However, when it emerged that the e-mails had come from a fake account and the club alerted the bank, they were only able to recover £8.90.

Unfortunately, this club is not alone and other clubs have suffered a similar fate at the hands of e-mail scams or online attacks.

What can my club do to avoid financial scams?

Managing your club’s money in a safe and organised way will help you to avoid making financial mistakes or falling foul to fraudsters. For example, having a club bank account with two independent signatories is regarded as part of good club governance.

Financial Fraud Action UK have created a campaign called Take Five: Stop Fraud and have a number of videos and other resources available to help you spot online or phone scams.

If in doubt, take your time and seek advice from others before making a financial transaction or providing any club information to a third party.


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