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Established Titles – Buyer Beware

Written by: Doug
Published: 24th March 2020

You may have seen an advert promoting something called ‘Established Titles’ or, more recently, ‘Esteemed Titles’ on Facebook or elsewhere, and perhaps you are wondering if they are legitimate or a scam?

We have done our own research, and offer this information in the spirit of friendly consumer advice.

What we know about Established Titles (updated November 2020)

  1. Established Titles traded for at least 7 months (between April 2020 and November 2020) from a website with no company name.  Their website has now been updated and states that the company behind the website is Galton Voysey Limited.
  2. The only address on their website is Lessendrum, Huntly, AB54 6XR, Scotland.  This would appear to be an area of land from which they purport to sell their souvenir plots.  It doesn’t appear to be the postal address of a building to which post can be delivered.
  3. The only named person on the website is Ms Katerina Yip, although this appears to be a spoof page written for the purposes of providing amusement rather than information for customers.
  4. Although they are charging $50, the standard offering is only a downloadable certificate. Anything printed costs extra.
  5. A quick Google search shows there is a company called Galton Voysey in Hong Kong, and their ‘Team’ page includes reference to the abovenamed Katerina Yip.  There is no mention on their website of Established Titles that we can find.
  6. The Established Titles website states that the governing laws of its Terms and Conditions shall be the laws of the State of New York.

 

What we know about Esteemed Titles

Esteemed Titles is a copycat website of Established Titles.  As noted above, Established Titles is run by Galton Voysey and their CEO William Wolfram.  Mr Wolfram is also listed as the CEO of United Quality (ahem!) Distributors which, according to OpenGovUS, is a Delaware company.  That Established and Esteemed Titles are run by the same people is hardly a secret – the Facebook and Instagram links on the Esteemed Titles website even link to the Established Titles pages.

 

How is Highland Titles different?

  1. We have been trading openly and honestly for 15 years
  2. We meet thousands of our customers face to face every year at our nature reserve
  3. We uniquely identify each and every souvenir plot that we sell with latitude, longitude and OS co-ordinates
  4. We have an average score of 9.6/10 on the independent review site, Trustpilot, with more than 9000 reviews
  5. Our nature reserve holds the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, with hundreds of 5 star reviews
  6. Our nature reserve is an official 4* tourist attraction with Visit Scotland, Scotland’s national tourist board

 

 


About the author

Written by: Doug


Comments on this post

  • David E Sopko
    08/04/20 - 02:11

    Stumbled across Established Titles on Facebook. Was ready to purchase a plot when I decided to investigate further to see if there were any other options out there. Glad I did. That’s when I found Highland Titles, a legitimate seller of Scottish land. I am now Laird David Edward of Lochaber, owner of a 10×10 plot of land in the Mountainview Nature Reserve. Thank you, Highland Titles.

    Read about the Established Titles scam here: https://lairdtitles.com/laird-title-packages/established-titles/

  • Maria
    30/04/20 - 23:43

  • Lady Deandra
    21/05/20 - 02:47

    Just like Laird David, I had done the same thing. Your article here was the first I saw when looking up whether Established Titles was a scam or not. As I have just purchased my land and Title deed today I have yet to see who will accept my new Lady title here in Canada but very glad to look further into what the land is used for and I know it’s for a good cause all the same! Can’t wait to visit my first ever piece of land one day!

  • Ann
    05/06/20 - 15:34

    Where is the link to buy one of these? Thanks.

  • Michael Stevenitt
    28/06/20 - 21:44

    I need to know how my documents will be sent to me, the reason is that I live in a remote part of Southern Spain so if they are sent by courier they won’t be able to find me, If this is your only way I can give you a alternative address for delivery but if you send using Royal Mail there will be no problem as I pick up my mail from the local Post Office.

  • Rachel Fenton
    12/08/20 - 11:50

    Unfortunately I thought it would be a nice gift something to get my dad who has everything I opted for a nice printed certificate to come along in the post as I thought it would look nicer than something I could print myself that was on the 19th July with. Hefty $30 fee for the certificate in total I was charged $117 AUS $ and as to date have received nothing . Little disappointed would have to say scam and am upset with myself for not investigating it further .

  • Amit
    28/08/20 - 13:51

    Can i get it in India?

  • Judy Posner
    17/09/20 - 22:19

    Unfortunately, I am among the group of people who have been scammed by Established Titles. I sent in my money and have absolutely ZERO to show for it.

    • Dr. Peter Bevis
      12/10/20 - 11:05

      We are sorry to hear that Judy. There are some rogues out there.

  • Lord Sinclair Power
    19/10/20 - 03:57

    Just like Laird David, and Lady Deandra, I too decided to investigate Established Titles’ legitimacy. Were it not for the excellent SEO of this page I might have wasted $100! Though I am indeed a lord, wealth should be applied frugally for the benefit of my land and people.

  • Bob
    24/10/20 - 17:03

    Established titles payment via Paypal got refunded within 5 minutes, I hope that all other payment providers have signaled this entity as a scam.

  • Christine Whitcombe
    30/10/20 - 13:35

    Unfortunately I didn’t check this first so have now donated my money to the USA. Luckily I turned to Highland Titles and have received my order. I make sure I check all my intended purchases first now.

  • Elizabeth Corish
    05/11/20 - 20:14

    I actually came across Established Titles via a Facebook sponsored post. It looked good at first, the area map of the land didn’t give much away and I couldn’t determine how the funds were being allocated or what for. however the about page looked underwhelming. Then when I did some research on their company and found out they are in Hong Kong, it started to ring alarm bells. Final nail in the coffin was when I attempted to send them a message via contact and a 404 link error came up on their web page, but they were happy for me to continue shopping…

    It was at this point Google led me to Highland Titles, as soon as I saw this was a registered charity and that they were using funds to help the environment & local Scottish groups I was relieved and satisfied. Also the fact that you have been trading for a long time gave me confidence as well. Your customer support is also excellent and they responded to me quickly within 24 hours.

  • Francisco Martinez
    06/11/20 - 03:24

    Can I legally change my name to have Lord as my title in the U.S. after buying this?

  • JAMES CORBETT
    10/11/20 - 05:43

    paid $119 for small plot received confirmation with printable version available (also paid $30 for paper cert to be sent…but all i got was “still working on your certificate try again in a few hours)
    THAT NEVER CHANGED

  • Carlos Iriarte
    15/11/20 - 04:51

    I’m glad I came here First. Do you ship to Bolivia? How long would it take?

    • Dr. Peter Bevis
      28/11/20 - 08:31

      Yes, we ship to almost every country, including Bolivia. Royal Mail claim that airmail delivery Bolivia takes 10-14 days.

  • Zachary Gunderson
    16/11/20 - 06:54

    I am glad I found this place immediately after falling for the scam.
    I fell for the grift and got some for me and my brothers as a fun little gift.

    Seeing how weird it felt, I decided to dig a bit and found you guys. I am really glad I did. I put in a request for a refund and immediately notified PayPal about their fraudulent claims and illegal business practices as cited here.

    I do not know if I will get my money back, but I am hopeful that Paypal will work with me at least. I will keep you updated!

    If I get my money back, I will probably go through you guys in the near future instead. But the experience has put me off the whole idea, to be honest.

  • Kathy
    17/11/20 - 01:22

    Do you actually become a lord or a lady??? In your small print it says “you cannot buy royalty and this is for enjoyment purposes only”???

  • Lady Donna
    18/11/20 - 13:57

    All I can say is that I’m glad that Instagram put the Established Titles ad in my feed. If I hadn’t seen such an obvious scam, I wouldn’t have gone searching and found Highland Titles. Now, I’m a newly minted Lady and have a real connection to Scotland.

  • John
    19/11/20 - 00:34

    I saw Established Titles on Facebook and I thought the certificate looked cool. Upon learning that you only get a digital copy for about $50, I thought I could create the same thing myself and print it out for free. I couldn’t find any “physical” details about the website and the land site so I thought that this was simply a scam. The only thing I am thankful is that I found Highland Titles through them. Yes, I bought a parcel from Highland Titles, of course.

  • Penny Coleman
    20/11/20 - 21:50

    I have just purchased two Lord titles for my boys with full understanding that it a gag-type thing. They sent me the links to print off…the first one looks great but the second one has the name running off the end of the certificate. I have tried, unsuccessfully for 4 days to get them to correct it with no response…nor a phone number to contact them personally. Quite disappointing.

    • Dr. Peter Bevis
      21/11/20 - 05:58

      Hi Penny
      Our certificates are formatted to print on A4 paper – the standard size used as standard throughout the world except in US and Canada. If you are attempting to print on Letter size paper, the certificate will not print correctly and you will need to either feed the correct size of paper, or resize the certificate to fit the size you are using.

  • Marcie
    23/11/20 - 21:22

    I sadly fell for the scam and am now wishing I had come across this post sooner… I should have done more research. Thank you Highland Titles for making people aware.

  • Martin Coleman
    24/11/20 - 06:28

    So if I were to become a lord then I get it that my wife, if I had one, would become a lady but what if we aren’t married, is there any such thing as a common law live-in girlfriend/partner lady ow would we need to become married? 🙂

    Thanks

  • Sabyasachi
    25/11/20 - 14:39

    Can I really use the Lord title on my credit card in India?

  • Marsha Jones
    27/11/20 - 03:03

    Unfortunately I did not investigate Established Titles and bought from them via Facebook. They had a “buy one get one free” so thought what’s the harm. I did receive the two titles in pdf via email so that wasn’t too bad. I am disappointed that the money did not go to conservation. What I did get and still getting is an barrage of spam emails. Can’t say it’s from this company but it seems too coincidental. I’m glad to have found this sight but wished I had found it sooner.

  • Jessie
    27/11/20 - 19:29

    I purchased a plot but wanted to see thr plot i purchased. How do I go about viewing the particular plot I purchased?

    • Dr. Peter Bevis
      28/11/20 - 07:05

      Hi Jessie
      Established titles do not appear to sell you an actual plot. You simply receive a number. Highland Titles sell real plots of land and anyone can see exactly which plot they own by checking the Scottish Plot Register https://www.highlandtitles.com/find-my-plot/

  • Zan
    29/11/20 - 12:23

    Got scammed by established titles after bearing abkut it in a popular podcast. Can i get a refund through paypal?

    • Dr. Peter Bevis
      04/12/20 - 06:34

      Other victims of Established Titles have reported that they have been able to cancel their order and obtain a refund.

  • Courtney
    01/12/20 - 17:36

    For anyone interested, I did some digging on the plots of land that are specified on the Established Titles website, they are owned by “WOODLAND INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT LIMITED” registered at 19 Half Moon Lane, London, SE24 9JU. Purchased in 2014. I was able to find this company in the Companies house, but the trail went cold. Couldn’t tie the ownership of the land to Established Titles, Galton Voysey or Katerina Yip. In short, there is not enough evidence to call “Established Titles” a scam, but it is highly suspect.

  • Nadia
    05/12/20 - 00:40

    How long would it take to receive the package to Ottawa Canada? Thank you

  • Tiffany
    08/12/20 - 08:56

    Man, I’m just now finding out I was scammed by established title. I really was thinking I got my brother in law a cool gift. Now I dont want to give it to him.

  • RD
    15/12/20 - 20:35

    What is the legality of receiving this title?

    I read that only residents of specified estates in Scotland can acquire this title.

    If the title of Lord/Lady is just for fun, then can I just randomly announce that any person who says hello to me can receive that prefix?

  • April
    21/12/20 - 23:13

    I was one of the unfortunate suckers duped into buying from “Established Titles”. I swear I’m normally smarter than this, but excitement got the best of me. Wanted to get my dad a special novelty gift to honour his Scottish heritage and also liked the commitment to land preservation. Now that I know I’ve been duped I feel so foolish. Apparently the company has a full 60 day refund policy (although I’m dubious). I’ve sent in my request for a refund and hope it is actually processed. If I receive my refund, I will certainly reinvest it in Highland Titles.

  • Lyn Mucenieks
    23/12/20 - 00:03

    I am so upset. I just bought a “plot” for my father for Christmas from Established Titles as they were offering plots for sale in Huntly, Aberdeenshire where he was born. I also bought a “map” as well. I have just finished putting them in a frame. Upset, doesn’t even come close to how I am feeling.

  • Misha
    14/01/21 - 13:22

    Actually, you should thank those scammers :))
    they finally brought me and others to you.

    Like many others, I saw an ad on Facebook and did my own research before purchasing.
    Thus I’m here, studying the details.

    And Thank You for this article!!

    • Dr. Peter Bevis
      15/01/21 - 08:35

      Hi Misha

      I guess so 😉

  • William Harding
    18/01/21 - 03:03

    In December 2020 I purchased a 10’x10’ plot for my wife, who has a strong Scottish lineage. That purchase included a few accessories and the planting of 2 trees. Note: Everything arrived last Friday. That said, I am very pleased with the quality of the material received, where it was very well received by my wife (as an early birthday gift). Additionally, I have enjoyed navigating the Highland Titles site, which has stimulated further exploration of my wife’s family history.

    I give high accolades to the Highland Titles team and look forward to visiting the area once the COVID-19 crisis is over.

  • Joseph Cook
    20/01/21 - 04:31

    I am one those poor schmucks that fell for Established Titles. Didn’t realize my error until I received the digital certificate with multiple spelling errors. I’ve submitted a request for a refund, knowing I won’t ever hear from them. I feel like such a fool. I will be purchasing a plot on this site for a dear friend of mine. Just with I’d seen this post sooner and actually did thorough research.

  • JeaN You
    22/01/21 - 00:15

    I made to quick a transaction and looking here know it’s a scam

  • WILLIAM COUSERT
    17/02/21 - 04:36

    If purchasers are legally considered property owners, are they required to pay annual property taxes? If so, how is that done, and how much would they be?

  • Lord Larry J Zayas
    25/02/21 - 03:56

    I was intrigued by the advertisements on FACEBOOK and had no idea that Highland Tutles even exist!
    I was ready to buy online, either ESTABLISHED OR ESTEEMED TITLES. Thank God I decided to look on the internet to check those sites.
    That’s when I saw HIGHLAND TITLES. I researched and saw various videos on YOUTUBE. WOW! Am I impressed!! Do much so that I bought two 100 square foot plots for myself and my spouse, side by side ( plus was gifted two other 1 by 1 square foot plots.
    The videos clarify EVERYTHING. Check them out first.
    Then you will send your money and expectations to HIGHLAND TITLES and be RICHLY rewarded! Trust me!

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