Published: 10/07/2012 14:46 - Updated: 10/07/2012 14:53

Police warn about 'horror film scam'

Police say genuine film companies would not ask for money.
Police say genuine film companies would not ask for money.

Police have warned the public not to be taken in by a scam involving the apparent recruitment of extras for a non-existent horror film.

Several members of the public expressed concern after they were approached by a company claiming it would soon be making a film called "Wood Evil" in Inchnacardoch Forest near Fort Augustus.

A police spokesman said the company had been emailing people and asking them to pay a £60 deposit as they had been chosen to be extras in this so-called horror movie. Genuine film companies would not ask for money from potential extras.

"Police and the Highland Film Commission have not been made aware of any proposed filming and believe it to be a scam," the spokesman said. "We are advising anyone who is approached in such a manner not to pay any money to the company and to contact the police with information."

He added: "The company has made mention of accommodation for potential extras called ‘Millfield’, which is not believed to exist, although there is an area of the town with the same name."

Anyone with any concerns should call the police on 0845-600-5703 or Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111.

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