Fake Letter Box Scam
The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has noticed an increase in reports to Action Fraud of fraudsters placing fake letter boxes on residential properties in an attempt to harvest the mail. By doing this they are able to obtain letters and documents with personal information that can be used to open various lines of credit with financial providers in the name of the innocent resident.
Residents are often unaware that a fake letterbox has been installed at their property as fraudsters will periodically remove it, leaving their personal information and identity vulnerable. It can be obvious that a fake letter box is being used as it can sometimes still be there when residents return home or in some cases an obvious residue is left from where the glued on letter box is removed. It is near on impossible for the resident to know what has been taken or what they may have been signed up to. In some reports, it’s stated that the letterbox was just placed in front of the doorway with a note for the postman to use this letter box instead.
“Look out for post boxes like this suddenly appearing in your porch, probably with your house number tippexed on – or a mess indicating where they have been stuck on. This is an attempt at identity fraud. The postman was fooled by ours and put letters in it including two from TSB bank giving online verification code and confirming £1,000 overdraft in my partner’s name” – Linda Dunn, a resident that was targeted.
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- Be vigilant and check for any suspicious activity, tampering of your post/letterbox or for suspicious glue markings on the wall.
- Check all post received from financial institutions, even if they appear unsolicited.
- Report theft of mail to your local police force and any cases of identity fraud to Action Fraud.
- See our letter box protectors, fitted behind our letter plate provides Ideal protection for your door denying intruders access to your premises through the letterbox, preventing thieves from poking objects or devices through to manipulate locks or retrieve keys and ensures once your post goes through it can’t be retrieved. This simple device also stops arson attacks through the letterbox.
- Consider security lighting to deter fraudsters stepping near your door. Installing CCTV cameras will dissuade fraudsters from approaching your doorway if they still proceed with the criminal activity you will have evidence to hand over to the police; giving them a greater chance of catching the criminals.
If you, or anyone you know, has been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or using the