Warning to those on the move

The number of people falling victim to identity theft in the UK has risen by almost a third, figures suggest.
The number of people falling victim to identity theft in the UK has risen by almost a third, figures suggest.
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Royal Mail have conducted one of the largest studies of home movers in the UK which reveals people are putting themselves at risk of ID crime by not redirecting their mail when they move home.

The latest findings have been released as part of Citizen’s Advice Scam Awareness Month.

The awareness campaign, now in its third year, aims to give people the knowledge they need to spot and combat fraud.

Cifas revealed that there were 34,151 confirmed instances of identity fraud in the first quarter of 2015, a 27% increase from the same period of the previous year.

Royal Mail is encouraging people across the UK to redirect their mail when moving home in order to protect themselves against identity fraud.

If people don’t take out a Redirection Service when changing address, their mail is likely to land on their old doorstep, with no control over who opens it or uses the information or contents it contains.