Fraudulent activity - phishing scam

Published: 27 April 2015

It has come to our attention that some individuals have been contacted as part of an apparent phishing scam (an illegal attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames,passwords, and credit card information by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication) and informed that they are the beneficiary of an estate in Scotland. As part of the "evidence" of their entitlement, they are sent an email purporting to be from Registers of Scotland, advising the beneficiary that the claim is valid and that they should work with a fictitious law firm to collect their inheritance.

Registers of Scotland would never issue such an email, as it involves matters that do not concern the keeper. This is an obvious scam and individuals should delete these emails as soon as they receive them.

Guidance

You can find out how to deal with scams like there on the Action Fraud website.

Let us know

If you have received one of these emails, or anything else that you think is suspicious, please email our dedicated fraud officer at kevin.ramsay@ros.gov.uk, or call us at one of our customer service centres.