In a social media scam, scores of women have been told they’ll be given thousands of pounds if they go on dates with Premier League soccer players.
These women were contacted on social media and offered £2,500 (more than $3,000) if they agree to go on a date and spend the night with former Manchester United player Ryan Giggs and current defender Daley Blind.
As reported by Daily Star, two fake Twitter profiles – @Joanne_Gravil, claiming to be Giggs’ personal assistant, and @Kearns_Danielle, claiming to be the player’s relations officer – approach women and offer them money to go on dates with the players. The two profiles claim to act on behalf of the players.
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Manchester United online scam: Women asked to go on dates with soccer players
However, the scheme has been debunked by Manchester Evening News. The publication said the profiles are in no way associated with the players. The scam is “absolute nonsense,” a spokesperson for Giggs said.
The profiles contact women to ask if they would attend a charity event taking place at the Lowry Hotel in Salford, Manchester, in October. Asking these women to follow them on Twitter (allowing them to direct message them), the profiles tell the women that “our client wants to go on a date with you.”
However, the hotel has said no such event has been scheduled.
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Two female Manchester Evening News reporters were told by the woman posing as Joanne Gravil that a certain soccer player would like to go with her on a date. The meeting, the personal assistant said, is “for pleasure, not business.”
Women messaging since 2013
Francesca Sedgwick, 21, was contacted by the woman who said she was Danielle Kearns. Sedgwick said she followed Kearns on Twitter because she works in social media and marketing and thought the event was related to business.
“She immediately DM’d me to say one of her clients would like me to attend a ball,” Sedgwick said. “I said ‘who is it’ and initially she said it was a footballer. I said I’d not met him before so I wasn’t sure how he knew me.”
Sedgwick started getting skeptical when she messaged another woman who was following Kearns; this woman told Sedgwick that a different soccer player wanted her to attend the same ball.
“I searched back on Twitter and discovered that these woman have been messaging people since 2013 and I was disgusted,” Sedgwick said.