12 Dec, 14:42
Prop Cian Healy is expected to miss the start of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle on Wednesday.
The scam involves players and coaches being sent emails requesting the payment of a sum of money in respect of visas and playing licences at rugby clubs and/or academies which do not exist or are being misrepresented.
Police in various countries have been alerted.
The IRB would urge all players and coaches to verify the bona fides of clubs and/or academies prior to applying for positions and to exercise caution if requested to transfer money in such circumstances.