Police Issue Alert to Liverpool Fans Regarding Xabi Alonso Fraud Following Klopp Announcement
In the aftermath of Jurgen Klopp’s announcement of his impending departure from Liverpool at the end of the 23/24 season, police are issuing a stern warning to fans about a potential scam involving former Reds midfielder Xabi Alonso.
As speculation rises about Alonso being Klopp’s successor, a social media scam has emerged, preying on fans’ anticipation. The scam involves fraudulent messages on Instagram, purportedly from Alonso’s account, requesting donations of 300 Thai Baht (approximately £6.70). The messages falsely claim that Alonso needs funds for flights to Liverpool, fueling the excitement surrounding a potential managerial role for the ex-Liverpool player.
The Daily Mirror reports that the scam message reads, “I am Xabi Alonso, I will be in charge of Liverpool next season, but I am short of money for my flights to Liverpool.” With Premier League football and Liverpool’s immense popularity in Thailand, the Central Investigation Bureau has taken to Facebook to caution fans against falling victim to this online deception.
Liverpool CEO Billy Hogan addressed the ongoing process of appointing a new manager during a press conference. He emphasized the thoroughness of their approach, citing the club’s commitment to evaluating information and data diligently before making a decision. Hogan refrained from providing a specific timeline for the announcement, assuring fans that it would not be a distraction from the team’s ongoing campaign.
Hogan stated, “When we have something to say, we will have something to say at that point. [It will be] the same process that brought us Jurgen, and that’s something we will do in private, with the people here and ownership. When we get to the place when we have further news, then we will share – but it won’t be a running commentary.” As Liverpool navigates this managerial transition, fans are urged to exercise caution online and stay vigilant against potential scams exploiting the club’s current situation.