Suspicious email aimed at young rugby players

Police are reminding parents and carers to be wary of unsolicited emails, after a bogus rugby club email was brought to light.

The email, purporting to be from a non-existent club called Aberdeenshire Rugby, asks for information about primary six and seven boys, including their name, date of birth, medical conditions, size, weight and a photograph of the child’s upper body.

The author claims to have received an email about the recipient’s son’s rugby performance and to be establishing a free 12-week training programme in Aberdeen.

Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils advise parents, carers and guardians to treat any such email with caution, unless it comes from a verified source, and to never send information or photographs of children to someone you don’t know.

Aberdeen City Council’s sport and physical activity strategy and partnership manager, Jo Hall, said: “No reputable, registered sporting organisation would contact parents out of the blue in this way and would certainly not seek this level of information or photographs.

“Remember, the ‘Stranger Danger’ rule applies online as well as on the phone or in the street.”

Police were alerted to the suspicious email after parents of an Ellon Rugby Club member read it, asking for private personal details about their child, and it was debunked by Scottish Rugby Union.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We have received a complaint and our enquiries are ongoing.

“Parents should not respond to any unsolicited emails or send personal information. This is an unusual incident and anyone with concerns should contact Police Scotland.”