Identity theft happens when someone's personal information is used without their permission. One of the ways in which such information can be obtained is where mail addressed to a deceased person is intercepted. The deceased details are then used to obtain loans, credit cards, goods or services, the impact of which can be devastating to family members and friends left behind.
Over 108,000 cases of identity fraud were reported in 2013 according to CIFAS – The UK's Fraud Prevention Service, costing an estimated £3.3 billion. Fraud victims can be preyed upon by organised criminals, faceless fraudsters and sometimes even by those close to them.
If you are worried that a fraud may already have been committed in the name of a deceased relative or friend please visit www.cifas.org.uk for further information. Alternatively click here for the official CIFAS identity fraud leaflet.