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'Disgust' as Bradford Dragons basketball club used in fraud
Fraudsters have used Bradford’s top basketball club to try to swindle American players out of money.
The conmen tried to lure players by pretending to be from the Bradford Dragons club and offering recruitment packages.
One American woman paid out about 1,000 dollars before realising it was a con. Other players learned the truth after contacting the club and being told it was a fraud.
The Dragons, who play in Division One of the English Basketball League, contacted police, the Fraud Office and the England Basketball organisation, as well as putting a warning of the scam on its website.
Club chairman Stuart Culliford said: “We are disgusted that somebody would use our name in this way to mislead players who want to come to the UK and play basketball. We advise other clubs to be vigilant that these fraudsters do not use their good names as well.”
The Dragons were alerted by calls from American players about the false offer, which was placed in an advert on international basketball websites.
Mr Culliford said: “The advert purported to offer extremely good salaries, conditions, benefits and accommodation. Were it genuine a lot of people would have been interested.
“The fraudsters used our logo and photos from our website. But the advert was littered with grammatical errors and mistakes. “One woman paid about 1,000 dollars. She was told she would receive a recruitment package. When it didn’t arrive she contacted the website and was given a cock and bull story about it being stuck in transit and asked for another 500 dollars. She then contacted us and found out it was a fraud.
“We reported it to the police and the governing body. The police put us in touch with the Fraud Office, which logged it and gave us some advice.”
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