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Police probing bogus Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire parent emails

A police investigation has been launched after parents were sent bogus emails claiming to offer free rugby training - and asking for details of children.

Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire councils are warning anyone who receives the email not to respond but to contact the authorities.

The email supposedly comes from a club called Aberdeenshire Rugby, which does not exist.

It asks for details of boys.

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The author claims to have received an email about the recipient's son's rugby performance, and to be establishing a free 12-week training programme in Aberdeen.

It asks for information about the primary six and seven boys, including their name, date of birth, medical conditions, and a photo of their upper body.

Aberdeen City Council said no reputable, registered sports organisation would contact families in such a way.

Sport and physical activity strategy and partnership manager Jo Hall said: "Remember the 'Stranger Danger' rule applies online as well as on the phone or in the street."

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