Police issue warning over horror film extras scam

Northern Constabulary advises would-be extras not to respond to adverts asking for a £60 deposit to appear in Wood Evil

Do not enter Wood Evil, police are warning would-be extras on what appears to be a phoney Highlands horror. VisitScotland alerted Northern Constabulary and the Highland Film Commission after being contacted by people who responded to a call for extras on sites such as Gumtree. Respondees were emailed and asked to pay a £60 deposit after being “chosen” as an extra in Wood Evil, apparently being shot in Inchnacardoch Forest, near Fort Augustus.

The force posted on its website: “Film companies would not ask for money from a potential extra. Police are advising anyone who is approached in such a manner not to pay any monies to the company and contact police with information.”

The initial advert reportedly suggested that the film was the latest project by Juan J Campanella, the Oscar-winning director of The Secret in their Eyes. According to Imdb, Campanella is shooting a film called Foosball in Buenos Aires.


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