FOOTBALL clubs across the borough are being urged to be vigilant as scammers have targeted clubs across South Yorkshire.

Clubs of all levels, including grassroots teams, are being urged to step up their digital security and take note of unusual emails or phone calls.

Football officer, PC Brett Thompson, said: “This scam involves criminals posing as senior managers, owners or chief executives of football clubs then asking other members of the management team to provide bank details or vouchers for ‘club purposes’.

“Once details have been handed over, they would then be used for fraudulent purposes, financial exploitation or theft.

“These attempts are being made by email and telephone calls, so it’s really important that clubs are using secure platforms to contact each other – and know who they are speaking to.

“So far three incidents have been reported to us in South Yorkshire, it’s really important that clubs are aware of this and also share this information with people affiliated with the club.”

If you are concerned about any suspicious contact you may have had, please contact us on 101.