Mail-forwarding fraud complaints jump more than 700% in 2016

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Canadians might want to check their mailboxes closely this year to make sure everything is showing up. Complaints of mail-forwarding fraud for 2016 are more than seven times higher than for 2015, according to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

Identity theft to change addresses

The scheme involves a fraudster impersonating someone and rerouting that person’s mail through Canada Post, either to a residence or a business address. Often, the unsuspecting victim doesn’t realize he or she has been targeted until that person receives a slip in the mail alerting that the address has been changed. Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre received 479 complaints of mail-forwarding fraud in 2016, a rise from 63 the year before. 

Read more at CBC News.

This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.