Private Detective Bedford Raise Voice against the Rising Letter Box Fraud

Originally published at http://businessprwire.co.uk/private-detective-bedford-raise-voice-against-the-rising-letter-box-fraud/

The article published in The Telegraph on 25 October 2014: (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/bank-accounts/11180418/Letter-box-scam-almost-cost-me-20000.html), describes a growing series of "letter box" frauds targeting flat residents, whereby scammers would make off with residents' post. By taking on the tenants' identity, the thieves would steal the victims' money by making use of the stolen bills, letters and bank statements. On a yearly basis, fraud victims lose approximately £5 million. One publicised case is that of Sarah Steed, an IT consultant, who was almost defrauded of £20,000 in 2014. In the young woman's case, thieves were unsuccessful in intercepting letters that were securely contained in a private box in the communal lobby. One Friday evening, Ms Stead found in the post a letter from Sainsbury's Bank saying the user had been declined for a loan of £10,000. Immediately concerned, Ms Stead called the bank and sorted out the matter. But the scammers were not deterred. Ms Stead later found another bogus loan application, again for £10,000, with the bank Santander this time. "I went into immediate panic mode...it is terrifying to have someone know all of your personal information," the victim says. It took several calls to Santander before the loan application could be stopped. Next, Ms Stead hid all personal details available via social media, including Instagram photos and tweets. Since then, Ms Stead has joined Cifas a fraud protection service that enhances security to the fraud victim's banking activity.

Concerned by the article in The Telegraph, Private Detective Bedford (http://privatedetective-bedford.co.uk) urgently spoke out on the need for reliable private investigative services to help solve the spiking rate of fraud crimes in the UK. Taking Sarah Stead's story as an example, the private agents urged scam victims to make the smart choice and get help from a reliable investigative agency such as Private Detective Bedford. The team of detectives at Bedford has had 35 years of experience in handling cases involving all sorts of investigative detail, including fraudulent activity. As a result, the detectives are in the best position to help victims get retribution for the injustices committed. The private detectives at Bedford are highly professional, approachable and discreet which comes in handy when taking on cases involving sensitive, confidential information. Worried clients can contact the agency and schedule a meeting at a convenient time.

Ruby Simmons, Chief Investigator at Private Detective Bedford (http://privatedetective-bedford.co.uk), is very vocal on the immediate need for a qualified and professional element in helping solve the troubling letter box fraud cases. "It is disheartening that people are becoming scared of such simple things like checking post for fear they may have been scammed. To avert this troubling scenario, Private Detective Bedford offer their full services to clients", Detective Simmons said. Miss Simmons can be reached via email (r.simmons@privatedetective-bedford.co.uk) or telephone (01234 490 046).

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