According to The Telegraph at the beginning of this year, fraud and cyber crime are now the country's most common offences.
Landlords beware as it appears that you are the current targets of this rapidly developing area of law.
Picture this: you are driving down the road with a friend and you point out a rental house you own, which is currently let to a nice young family. Except that instead of signs of family life, you see that your house is empty and a large “For Sale” sign has been placed in its front garden. It turns out that your tenants are in fact ruthless fraudsters who have stolen your identity and put your house on the market. So-called “property hijacking” — where fraudsters pose as legitimate owners of a property and sell it on without the real owner’s knowledge — is a growth industry for criminals in the UK.