Fraud police are investigating after the Facebook and Twitter accounts of Burnley’s star striker Danny Ings were hacked at the weekend.
Some fans have lost money after buying fictitious memorabilia and match tickets purportedly to raise money for the footballer’s disability project.
Burnley Football Club confirmed that the England Under-21 player’s Twitter account had also been hacked and urged the public not to buy goods from either site.
Ings, who is well known for his work in the community, was said to be “very upset” by the revelation.
A club spokesman said: “Danny’s Facebook account has been hacked by people purporting to be Danny who are stealing from the public under the banner of his disability project.
“The items being sold are not genuine and we would urge the public to avoid anything to do with this account.
“The club has involved the police who are investigating. Danny is extremely upset that a genuine account has been hacked and is being used in this manner.
“He has asked us to close this account as soon as possible to avoid any more scams. We can also confirm his Twitter account has been hacked and we are trying to retrieve this. Again, the public should not buy anything from this site.”