Credit card crooks 'dip' letterboxes in Canvey

Credit card crooks 'dip' letterboxes

Credit card crooks 'dip' letterboxes

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A MAN caught an identity thief redhanded as he tried to steal or “dip” post from his letterbox.

Police suspect fraudsters are ordering credit cards in Castle Point residents’ names after two people off Papenburg Road, on Canvey, reported receiving cards they hadn’t ordered in the last two weeks.

A third victim, who also lives in Papenburg Road, found a man dipping his hand into his mail box and called the police.

The would-be thief ran off before police arrived and officers are now urging residents to be vigilant Castle Point Sgt Mark McQuade said: “This scam has the potential to have a shocking and devastating conclusion.

“Can you imagine if you were hard up and then you get a bill for thousands of pounds and bailiffs knocking at your door demanding money or your house?

“It would be a few months of wrangling with the banks to sort it, too, as you would have to prove you hadn’t taken out the card.

“The worrying thing for residents is they are going to be targeted by unknown criminals and subjected to these people coming to their front doors, potentially confronted by them. It’s also worrying that these scammers have somehow got residents’ dates of birth and addresses.”

Worried residents also called police after they spotted men in white vans parked in roads in the early hours, waiting for the postman to arrive.

It is not known if others have fallen victim to the thieves as credit card bills won’t be delivered until months later.

Sgt McQuade added: “You can bet your bottom dollar that it’s going on all the time.

“People need to make sure their post boxes are secure and are not big enough to get their hands in.”

Police are advising people to avoid using outside post boxes, as they can easily be forced open.

Anyone who spots suspicious activity should call police immediately.

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9:09pm Wed 25 Jun 14

ColeS. says...

Old news, I'm afraid, this was happening in Hadleigh, not so long ago.
All residents of Essex need to be on the lookout for this gang. They target homes that have easily accessible letterboxes and stand-alone letterboxes, especially where they believe the householder won't know anything about it until they get the bill or worse, bailiffs on their doorstep! In the meantime, the crooks are living the high life on 'your' money... be warned !!
Old news, I'm afraid, this was happening in Hadleigh, not so long ago. All residents of Essex need to be on the lookout for this gang. They target homes that have easily accessible letterboxes and stand-alone letterboxes, especially where they believe the householder won't know anything about it until they get the bill or worse, bailiffs on their doorstep! In the meantime, the crooks are living the high life on 'your' money... be warned !! ColeS.
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10:50pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Carlton says...

It would help if the mail was put completely through the letterbox and not a quarter left for someone to pull back out....!!!
It would help if the mail was put completely through the letterbox and not a quarter left for someone to pull back out....!!! Carlton
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12:10am Thu 26 Jun 14

Kim Gandy says...

Carlton wrote:
It would help if the mail was put completely through the letterbox and not a quarter left for someone to pull back out....!!!
And it would help if some people would put a nice deep basket on the other side of the door when they have some vicious mutt on the other side. Nobody is going to be fool enough to push their fingers through a letterbox with some drooling canine waiting to chew them off.

Having leafleted thousands of doors I can say that the worst letterboxes are those close to the floor and those daft sideways ones, not to mention vicious spring loaded things that could take your fingers off at the knuckles. There are all sorts of hazards.

As for these morons, wasn't there a spate of this at the caravan site down there a year or so ago, going through people's bins for billing details?

No wonder a lot of people are opting for closed circuit TV but what if the offences are committed after the blackout? These little scrotes won't show up on the video.

There is no easy answer to this although a stronger police presence might help.

Personally I think it's getting closer to machine gun nests and barbed wire in this country. Thieving scum seems to be all over the place.
[quote][p][bold]Carlton[/bold] wrote: It would help if the mail was put completely through the letterbox and not a quarter left for someone to pull back out....!!![/p][/quote]And it would help if some people would put a nice deep basket on the other side of the door when they have some vicious mutt on the other side. Nobody is going to be fool enough to push their fingers through a letterbox with some drooling canine waiting to chew them off. Having leafleted thousands of doors I can say that the worst letterboxes are those close to the floor and those daft sideways ones, not to mention vicious spring loaded things that could take your fingers off at the knuckles. There are all sorts of hazards. As for these morons, wasn't there a spate of this at the caravan site down there a year or so ago, going through people's bins for billing details? No wonder a lot of people are opting for closed circuit TV but what if the offences are committed after the blackout? These little scrotes won't show up on the video. There is no easy answer to this although a stronger police presence might help. Personally I think it's getting closer to machine gun nests and barbed wire in this country. Thieving scum seems to be all over the place. Kim Gandy
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