Beware If You Have An External Mailbox

Published: 10 July 2019


Mail can provide fraudsters with a lot of the information they need to commit a crime of fraud or identity theft. It’s also reasonably easy to intercept someone’s mail, especially if they have an external mailbox.

What happens:

  • The criminals search an area for external letterboxes and steal documents such as bank statements.
  • They check the electoral roll or search online for further information to apply for multiple credit cards in the resident’s name.
  • When the cards arrive, the criminal collects them from the external mailbox.  

What to do:

  • Make sure your letterbox is secure and cannot be accessed by anyone else or install an anti-theft letterbox
  • Empty your mailbox regularly.
  • If you have been a victim of this type of crime call Kent Police on 101 
To further protect yourself from this type of crime, consider doing a regular credit check to see if any applications you don’t recognise appear. You can do this for free with some services.

Please warn vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours.