Scotland Football Fans Warned Of Scam Email
5 December 2016, 15:36
Thousands of football fans have been sent a scam email asking them to pay a bill after a database was hacked.
The invoice was sent to members of the Scotland Supporters Club asking for a payment of £170 to be made by December 7.
The email addressed "Dear Customer'' claiming to be from the Scottish Football Association (SFA) accounts department was sent on Monday morning just after 9am and provided a link for the payment.
The SFA have issued an apology and said a third-party email database had been "compromised'' and urged recipients to delete the email immediately.
An SFA spokesman said: "We would like to apologise to those who have received a spam email this morning purporting to be from the Scottish FA.
"The email asks recipients to click a link where they can pay an outstanding bill. This has occurred due to a third-party email database being compromised.''
The footballing body recommend that recipients run a security check on their computer to ensure no malware has been installed.
The statement continued: "We would like to assure all supporters that no bank or credit card details have been shared.
"We have moved to delete this account and the issue has been raised with our suppliers. We will provide an update in early course.''
Tartan Army fans on social media have been spreading the word about the scam and have raised fears that clicking the link could infect computers with a virus.
The Scotland Supporters Club has more than 29,000 members who gain benefits such as guaranteed home match tickets and exclusive access to away match tickets.