Highlands & Islands

Wood Evil scam: Police warning over Fort Augustus film extras offer

People dressed as zombies
Image caption Zombie look-alikes will not be needed in Fort Augustus

Police in the Highlands have issued a warning about a scam which attempts to recruit extras for a horror film which does not exist.

People were asked for £60 to work on Wood Evil which, it was claimed, would be filmed near Fort Augustus.

Northern Constabulary and the Highland Film Commission said they had no record of any such project.

They also said production companies would not ask for money from potential extras.

The alarm was raised after people who had been emailed about the film contacted VisitScotland for information.

The email claimed they had been chosen as extras for the filming in Inchnacardoch Forest, near the southern end of Loch Ness.

They were told that to take up the work, they would have to pay a £60 deposit.

VisitScotland had no knowledge of the filming project and contacted police.

Northern Constabulary advised people receiving the email not to pay any money, and to contact the force with information.

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