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FA warn young players about agents scam

The Football Association have warned young players, parents and clubs about a scam involving con artists masquerading as licensed agents.

The FA have recently been made aware of people purporting to be agents sending emails offering trials with various clubs using information taken from the website of world football's governing body, FIFA.

Money is then requested from players' families to cover expenses without a trial ever coming to fruition.

A statement on thefa.com said: "Young players, clubs and parents are advised about a scam that the FA has recently been made aware of.

"Persons purporting to be licensed agents are sending out spam emails promising trials with various clubs, using details from the list of licensed agents on the FIFA website, www.fifa.com. The clubs themselves have no knowledge of the potential 'trials'.

"The scam appears to work around promising trials to young players with various clubs and then asking for payment in advance to cover 'insurance and travel'. Once the money is sent, no more is heard.

"Anyone who is a victim of this scam should contact their local police."



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