Unfortunately, cricket clubs across the country have once again been targeted with a very believable email scam. Clubs in Somerset and Gloucestershire have actioned the email due to its honest seeming nature and as a consequence have lost considerable amounts of money.
The nature of the scam is that an email is sent from the Chairman (or other senior Officer) of the club to the Treasurer requesting them to make a payment by bank transfer – the correct email addresses are shown and the appropriate names of Officers are used making the scam look very convincing. In some instances we are aware that scam reminder emails are being sent a day or two later to make the emails look even more convincing.
Please can all clubs be highly diligent if you receive such a request from any officer in your club. If you receive a message of this type, or of a similar nature that purports to be from a club, league or board official, check that the email address from which it originates is the one by which you 'know' them. We would advise that If you have any doubts about the authenticity of the message then contact them directly by phone to make sure that it is a genuine request before making any payment.
If you are out of pocket due to a scam email please contact the police on 101 and if you receive an email that looks suspicious you can report this to Action Fraud at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud. Please also report any such incidents to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can publicise any future versions of the scam to the network.