How perverts are using star footy players’ identities to groom children online 

Former NRL player turned private investigator reveals how perverts are using star footy players' identities to groom children online Perverts are using footy players identities online as a way to groom children    Former NRL player turned private investigator Scott Sattler knows of 3 cases   Predators created a kids' footy clinic to communicate with boys on Facebook   He manages his own investigation firm and says they 'shut down' the operation 

By Laura Withers For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 07:47 BST, 20 April 2019 | Updated: 07:52 BST, 20 April 2019

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Former NRL star turned private investigator Scott Sattler (pictured) now owns his own investigation firm

Former NRL star turned private investigator Scott Sattler (pictured) now owns his own investigation firm

Perverts are masquerading as star football players in a sickening ploy to groom children online, a former NRL star has claimed.

Former NRL player turned private investigator Scott Sattler, who memorably played for the Penrith Panthers from 1993 to 2003, said prominent players identities have been stolen as a result of 'catfishing'.

Catfishing is when an individual creates a fake identity or online profile to deceive another person.

Sattler, who is now the managing director of his own investigation firm Complete Corporate Services, says he's become aware of some heinous online activity. 

He claims he knows of three high-profile footballers who have been impersonated by predators as a way to communicate with children through social media. 

Two rugby league stars who have played for the Australia national rugby league team and a wallaby rugby union star had their identities taken, the

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