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Wednesday 26 October 2016, 11:12 AM

Residents in the county are being urged to use secure mail boxes after fraud offences in Birdlip and Witcombe.

Two incidents were reported to us on Monday (24 October).

Offenders remove letters from post boxes and use the homeowner’s personal details to apply for a credit card. When the credit card arrives in their post, the offenders then steal this from the post box later along with the PIN for the card.

Thankfully no money has been stolen from the targeted victims.

It is thought the offenders follow the postman disguising themselves as leaflet droppers before stealing the mail. Unwanted letters have later been found discarded in rubbish bins nearby.

Please follow our advice to avoid becoming a victim to this type of fraud:

  • Ensure your post is kept in a secure and locked mail box
  • Shred any documents with personal details on before throwing them away
  • Be vigilant of people acting suspiciously around post boxes or bins
  • Destroy any credit cards before throwing them away

Anyone who has seen suspicious activity in the Birdlip or Witcombe areas which may be linked to these incidents should call police on 101 quoting incidents 374 or 487 of 24 October.