Fraud experts warn on hotspots where flats are targeted with ‘letter box scam’

1) Make sure your letterbox, or the place where your mail is left for you, is secure and cannot be accessed by anyone else. Report any damage to your landlord or letting agent immediately.

2) Don’t leave mail uncollected for long periods of time – pick it up as regularly as possible.

3) If you are changing your address make sure you tell your bank, card issuer and other important organisations that you deal with immediately.

4) If you are not going to be able to pick up your mail for a few days, ensure that someone trustworthy can collect it instead, or consider using a mail collection service.

5) Know the dates you are due to receive bills and bank statements, and where possible receive these documents electronically.

6) If your bank offers the option, consider picking up new cards or chequebooks in person.

7) On moving house, use a mail redirection service.

8) If you suspect your mail has been stolen, contact the sender immediately and Royal Mail.