A warning has been issued by Cape Town City to the public to be alert and not to fall victim to fraudsters using the club’s name.
In recent weeks, a number of clubs, players and officials in the PSL have had their names used in various fraudulent activities, which seemingly look to tarnish the image of South African football in all possible aspects.
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Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates are some of Mzansi’s top clubs whose names have been dragged into these fraudulent acts by the impostors in recent weeks/months.
Cape Town City is the latest PSL club to have found that its name has been used by imposters in trying to ask for money from unsuspecting people, unlawfully.
The Siya crew has seen a letter (fraudulent one) appearing to be from City with the club's logo and what appears to be the club’s stamp (acquired illegally) promising an aspiring footballer of a trial at the club.
City head coach Benni McCarthy's name has also been unlwafully used in the letter, tempting the aspiring professional footballer to believe that it is authentic.
In the letter, it appears as if City is congratulating the player for having acquired a trial with the team. Using City’s name, the fraudster proceeds to ask for R10 000 from the player which is supposedly having to be paid on or before 30 November to the club from the said agency allegedly representing him.
In a statement from City’s Media Officer Vusi Ntimane, the Mother City outfit has distanced itself from the acts of people asking for money for ‘trials’ in the name of the team.
“We would like to distance CTCFC on sorting money for trials. The team will never ask any money for trials and this letter is fake. Beware of this fraud,” said Ntimane in the club’s statement.