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    • Pleasenotsilver
    • By Pleasenotsilver 29th Dec 17, 7:01 PM
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    Address used for fraud; do I need to worry?
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    • 29th Dec 17, 7:01 PM
    Address used for fraud; do I need to worry? 29th Dec 17 at 7:01 PM
    Hello

    Newbie here, never had any problems before but an Insurance company has written to my address, to a name I don't recognise. They have confirmed this was attempted fraud (bit worrying as I used them myself couple of years ago) and suggested I protect myself from any further attempts. As this wasn't an attempt to use my identity, just my address, is there anything I really need to worry about?

    Thanks
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    • zx81
    • By zx81 29th Dec 17, 7:11 PM
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    No. .
    • FestiveJoy
    • By FestiveJoy 29th Dec 17, 7:46 PM
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    • 29th Dec 17, 7:46 PM
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    • 29th Dec 17, 7:46 PM
    Hello

    Newbie here, never had any problems before but an Insurance company has written to my address, to a name I don't recognise. They have confirmed this was attempted fraud (bit worrying as I used them myself couple of years ago) and suggested I protect myself from any further attempts. As this wasn't an attempt to use my identity, just my address, is there anything I really need to worry about?

    Thanks
    Originally posted by Pleasenotsilver
    Why are you opening other peoples post during this festive season?

    How can you be sure that the letter you have read is not an attempt at fraud itself?

    All seems a bit odd, if you ask me...
    Anyway, as the letter wasn't addressed to you, nothing in it applies to you.

    Enjoy the festive season. Only a few days left until it's all over for another year.

    • Shakin Steve
    • By Shakin Steve 29th Dec 17, 7:55 PM
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    • 29th Dec 17, 7:55 PM
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    • 29th Dec 17, 7:55 PM
    Why are you opening other peoples post during this festive season?

    How can you be sure that the letter you have read is not an attempt at fraud itself?

    All seems a bit odd, if you ask me...
    Anyway, as the letter wasn't addressed to you, nothing in it applies to you.

    Enjoy the festive season. Only a few days left until it's all over for another year.

    Originally posted by FestiveJoy
    If mail comes to my address, it gets opened. I don’t care who’s name is on it.
    I came into this world with nothing and I've got most of it left.
    • Smoothape
    • By Smoothape 29th Dec 17, 9:00 PM
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    • 29th Dec 17, 9:00 PM
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    • 29th Dec 17, 9:00 PM
    If mail comes to my address, it gets opened. I don’t care who’s name is on it.
    Originally posted by Shakin Steve
    The bonus to that is that it is not illegal if you have reason to believe it is suspicious.
    • Pleasenotsilver
    • By Pleasenotsilver 1st Jan 18, 8:19 PM
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    • 1st Jan 18, 8:19 PM
    thanks for responses. I'll report back if anything more comes of this. Happy New Year!
    • Majestic12
    • By Majestic12 4th Jan 18, 8:54 PM
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    • 4th Jan 18, 8:54 PM
    The bonus to that is that it is not illegal if you have reason to believe it is suspicious.
    Originally posted by Smoothape
    Can you link to the legislation? I was always udnet the belief it's illegal to open someone else's mail.
    • zx81
    • By zx81 4th Jan 18, 8:57 PM
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    • 4th Jan 18, 8:57 PM
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    • 4th Jan 18, 8:57 PM
    https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000/26/part/V/crossheading/offences-of-interfering-with-the-mail
    • societys child
    • By societys child 5th Jan 18, 6:43 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 6:43 PM
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    • 5th Jan 18, 6:43 PM
    Can you link to the legislation? I was always udnet the belief it's illegal to open someone else's mail.
    Originally posted by Majestic12
    Your'e belief is wrong.

    • DCFC79
    • By DCFC79 5th Jan 18, 8:23 PM
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    Can you link to the legislation? I was always udnet the belief it's illegal to open someone else's mail.
    Originally posted by Majestic12
    How would the addressee know post for them had been opened eg a former of where you currently reside ?

    It isnt illegal.
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