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.
Residents are sometimes unaware of the fake letterbox as the fraudsters will periodically remove the item, which may leave notable markings. The mail is then used to open various lines of credit with financial providers in the name of the innocent resident.
The Manchester Evening News recently reported that several residents in Chorlton have seen new boxes appearing against doorways and porches.
A resident in the area said on Facebook that she opened up a fake mailbox on her doorstep to find a letter addressed to her husband from TSB bank. The letter confirmed a £1,000 overdraft agreement, despite the couple never having banked with TSB.
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