7. WARNING: Rogue Heir Hunters

Articles warning the public to scams, rogue traders and bad practices in the industry

  • Check the fine print before signing an heir hunter contract

    Heir tracing firms offer a valuable service to potential beneficiaries by trying to establish whether they are the lawful heirs to an estate.  This is a full-time job requiring time, resources and effort, depending on the complexity of the case. In some instances, it can take months or years to…

  • Does your Heir Hunter offer advice for ALL eventualities?

    As you’ve seen in our previous blog article, “What an heir hunter should do with your data”, researching family history can lead to unexpected and surprising revelations such as unknown, or long lost next of kin. Therefore, it is not always possible to know with complete certainty if all the…

  • What an heir hunter should do with your data

    Due to the nature of our work, dealing with sensitive data in a confidential and secure manner is vital. As we delve into the deceased’s legacy, we collect personal information about them and their family, we have a duty to protect this information. After the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)…

  • 4 Easy steps to verify an Heir Hunter

    The number of probate genealogy companies has grown since we first filmed ‘Heir Hunters’ with the BBC back in 2004. Few people knew of our work. We called ourselves ‘Heir Hunters’ and the TV production company named the show after it. What audiences saw on TV was only a small…

  • Spot which Heir Hunters are working in your interests

    What would you do if a person called you claiming they have identified you as an heir to an unclaimed estate? Would you know which questions to ask to ensure that this is not a scam? That’s where it gets complicated: You’re likely to believe what you’re told and accept…

  • Beware the rogue ‘heir hunters’

    (Sunday Telegraph 09 Sep 2018) Link to article published Sunday 09 Sep 2018 Hector Birchwood of Celtic Research offers advice on how to choose a reputable ‘heir hunter’. (Click here for PDF article)

  • WARNING: Fake E-Mail “Kamila Michael”

    Members of the public have made us aware that they have received an unsolicited e-mail from a person who purports to represent Celtic Research, calling themselves “Kamila Michael”.  This is a ‘Phishing’ SCAM. We do NOT employ any person by the name of Kamila Michael. The e-mail requests the recipient to…