Players warned over agents scam

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Aspiring players were today warned about a scam that could see them conned out of hundreds of pounds for non-existent trials with professional clubs.

Fraudsters have been posing as licensed agents offering youngsters the chance to showcase their talents - often with Barclays Premier League teams - before asking for an advance payment to cover 'insurance and travel'.

Once the money is paid, the families never hear from the so-called agents again.

The scam involves the sending of spam e-mails promising trials with various clubs, using details from the list of licensed agents on the FIFA website,

The clubs and the agents whose names have been used have no knowledge of the potential 'trials'.

The Football Association are urging anyone who is a victim of the scam to contact their local police force.

Manchester City last month revealed they were one of the clubs the fraudsters had promised youngsters trials with.

City also claimed a number of other Premier League teams had been involved.