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Lazio Fell For €2 Million Transfer Fee Email Scam

Lazio Fell For €2 Million Transfer Fee Email Scam
By PJ Browne

Serie A club Lazio was the victim of internet fraud according to reports in the Italian media.

According to the newspaper Il Tempo, the club fell for a scam which resulted in the transfer of €2 million into the wrong bank account.

The money was intended to be the final payment to Dutch side Feyenoord for Stefan de Vrij. The defender joined Lazio in the summer of 2014, a surprise at the time as he had been expected to follow Louis van Gaal to Man Utd after being part of the Netherlands team which finished third at that summer's World Cup.

It's said that Lazio received an email, appearing to be from Feyenoord - it contained the club's badge (how much more official can you get?) The bank account details supplied were then used to transfer the money.

They later discovered that the €2 million had not ended up in the account of the intended recipients. The money was later tracked down to an account with a Dutch bank.

Lazio are not the first club the be the victim of internet fraud. Last year, Scottish side Hamilton were reported to have lost £750,000 in an internet scam while Hearts lost a less substantial amount.

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