Riot Games has banned an account masquerading as Enclave Gaming team manager Richard "Froomie" Froom.
The level 1 account, going by the name of 'ENC Froomie', has been fraudulently posing as the real Froomie (pictured), contacting players in-game and offering them contracts with Enclave Gaming.
One player was speaking to the prankster for three days, turning down offers with other organisations to pursue the impersonator's false promises.
Froomie caught wind of the impersonator yesterday evening (July 25th) and posted details online. Riot then began investigating the case, which involves fraud, identity theft and online harassment.
HELP! SOMEONE HAS LEGIT STOLEN MY IDENTITY! (Please let me know if this account contacts you) pic.twitter.com/umrXaamoDl
— Richard Froom (@ENCfroomie) July 25, 2018
As with some other online fraudsters, the impersonator failed to use English properly, using the phrase 'we are in the looks for a new player'.
In a series of direct messages, the impersonator urged the real Froomie to sign a specific player to Enclave.
The fake account has been messaging one player for three days, who declined other offers to talk about joining Enclave. The real player told the real Froomie the impersonator was 'actually insane' and has been 'bantering' with him.
Riot swiftly banned the false account and added it to their blacklist.
A Riot spokesperson told Esports News UK: "This is a very unfortunate situation. Since it was brought to our attention, we have taken some remedial actions, including returning the original summoner name to the victim of the scam.
"We can't discuss any disciplinary actions, but we have identified the perpetrator and they are not part of any existing esports organisations."
"We have identified the perpetrator and they are not part of any existing esports organisations"
Froomie has since urged the community to be aware of the impersonator. He said: "The only account I will ever contact people through on League of Legends simply just has the IGN 'froomie'. No ENC tag or anything else, and I don't see that changing in the future. This has always been the main account I've used since registering back in 2011-ish."