Middlesbrough Football Club would like to alert young players, and parents of aspiring young footballers, of scams inviting players to join the club on trial.
These scams often involve either requests for personal information (including copies of passports) and/or for payments to be made.
Young footballers are being targeted in this manner in Europe and beyond.
We are one of a number of clubs whose name is being used in this manner, and have reported this to both the Police and the FA, who we are currently assisting in their investigations.
MFC would like to re-iterate that any invitations for players to join on trial would always be made directly from the club and not from any third parties.
Any communication regarding the arrangement of a trial with MFC requesting personal information and/or in return for payment is fraudulent.