Hopeful Footballers From Poor Countries get Ripped off by Fake Agents

Steve Menary experienced nothing but silence from several football associations. Foto: Simon Pallesen
Steve Menary experienced nothing but silence from several football associations. Foto: Simon Pallesen

The story of Vurlon Mills is not unique. The footballer from Guyana was approached by an agent from Europe named Navarro Aparicio José who offered him a trail in the the English football club, Bristol City.

All he had to do, was to transfer £500 to a German adress via Western Union to cover travel expenses.

That is roughly three months of salary, but Vulron persuaded his uncle to make the payment, because the Agent was licensed by FIFA

Send more money

Shortly after the payment was made, the agent asked for more money. When Vurlon Mills asked to cancel the deal and get his uncle’s money back, the agent disappeared.

And reclaiming his money proved impossible. The agent who approached him on Facebook used the licensed agent´s identity, but the money was not possible to trace, because they were transferred via Western Union.

Bristol City had not been in contact with any agent regarding Vurlon Mills, but their spokesman said, that they were often contacted by players, who had received false letters form the club.

No one cares

The English journalist, Steve Menary, has contacted the football associations of England, Italy and Spain, to get a comment about this matter. No one responded.

He also contacted some of the real agents, whose identities were used in the scam. No one responded.

In the meanwhile the number of agents with no contact information on the FIFA website continues to increase, making it even easier for the kingpins to have a successful scam.

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