Hamilton Accies 'lose more than £750000' in vishing fraud

Hamilton Accies 'lose more than £750000' in vishing fraud

The Ladbrokes Premiership club stated that directors have had to plug the financial gap themselves following the incident.

Vishing is a scam which usually takes the form of a call from an individual purporting to be from the bank.

Hamilton Academical has claimed the football club was the target of an "elaborate" financial fraud which has resulted in it losing "a substantial sum of monies".

'At this point it is imperative we remain calm and work together as we go through one of the most hard situations we have faced as a club.

'The Police Service Scotland and our Bank are working closely with the club conducting a criminal investigation to pursue those individuals responsible. The club gave no indication of how it had been defrauded or how much money was involved but said that it was necessary for the board to come up with more funds until the completion of what could be a long and complex investigation.

He said initial banking and legal investigations are still taking place and a full statement concerning the fraud would be made later.

Hearts said in a statement on its website:"Heart of Midlothian can confirm it was the subject of an internet fraud earlier this year".

"No further comment will be made at this time as the Police investigation continues".

"This is clearly a very serious and unfortunate situation and everyone in the game will hope it can be resolved quickly".

The SPFL warned clubs to guard against online fraud in August after Annanfailed to receive an £18,000 payment from the league at the end of last season. The funds had been paid into a fraudulent account and police launched an investigation after the money was retrieved.