Risk of identity fraud rises with house moves

People under 35 are moving home more frequently than their parents and grandparents and this is opening them up to identity fraud, according to a study of 1,000 under-35s by the Royal Mail's Redirection Service. The National Fraud Authority says identity fraud costs the UK £2.7bn.

Under-35s have already on average lived in five homes – one more than their parents during their whole lives. More than a third (38 per cent) of the under 35s have lived in six or more properties.

Stephen Harrison, the chief executive of the National Fraud Authority, said: "Identity fraud is a widespread problem and Royal Mail's research highlights how the growing trend of moving home more could be aggravating the issue.

"As well as redirecting their mail, there are other simple precautions home movers can take. These include deregistering from the electoral role, and re-registering at their new council as soon as possible."

Only half of people moving house redirect their mail. Royal Mail's head of data, Keith Jones, said: "If people don't take out mail redirection, their mail will land on their old doorstep, with no control over who opens it."

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