Published: 10/07/2012 14:53 - Updated: 10/07/2012 15:22

Horror attempt to lure villagers to part with cash

Written byBy Laurence Ford

Police appeal
Police appeal

HORROR of horrors – as con scams go it takes some beating.

Northern Constabulary have issued a warning to people living in the Fort Augustus area of an evil plot designed to lure them into parting with their hard-earned cash.

They are highlighting a scam involving a company purporting to be recruiting extras for a non-existent new horror film.

Concerned members of the public have set the alarm bells ringing at Northern Constabulary HQ in Inverness regarding a film called "Wood Evil" and accommodation at a mysterious guest house in the area which does not exist.

The film is, allegedly, being shot in the Inchnacardoch Forest, near the Loch Ness-side village in the near future.

The potential scam involves an un-named company which has been emailing members of the public and asking them to pay a £60 deposit as they have been chosen to be an extra in this so-called proposed horror movie.

But, the police point out, film companies would not ask for money from a potential extra.

Initial concerns were raised with VisitScotland who contacted the cops.

However, Northern Constabulary and the Highland Film Commission have not been made aware of any proposed filming happening and believe it is a scam.

They are advising anyone who is approached not to pay out any cash to the company and contact police with information.

The dodgy film company has also made mention of accommodation for extras at a place called ‘Millfield’, which is not believed to exist, although there is an area of the village with the same name.

Anyone with any concerns or information should contact Police on 0845 6005703 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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