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Experian Data Breach Information May Be Out On The Web

Data handed to a fraudster may now be online despite Experian first claiming that it had not been shared.

Recently a fraudster convinced Experian to just hand them information about millions of South African credit users. After a day or two, Experian and the authorities were able to track down the fraudster who intended to sell the information to insurance salespeople. They then quickly moved in and seized computers and hard drives from the fraudster.

Read that news story here

Don’t Panic

At that time, Experian assured the public not to panic because the authorities had seemingly swooped in and got the computers with the information on back. The implication was that the data had just ended up on the fraudsters computer and not been shared online.

‘The implication was that the data had just ended up on the fraudsters computer and not been shared online’

Maybe Panic?

Experian have now released a new statement which says that at least some of the information may already have gone online.

The South African Banking Risk Centre has identified information that may be directly linked to the breach out on the internet. Though this information is not all your passwords or anything like that it could be used by crooks to call you and try trick you into sharing sensitive information with them. This can then potentially give them access to your accounts or identity (eg. they could try to get access to your passwords or reroute your banking notifications.

‘at least some of the information may already have gone online’

Suspect Fraud On Your Identity?

If you get a bad feeling that something is going on and that someone else is using your identity or accounts then you should contact the South African Fraud Prevention Service and list yourself (for free).

Something to keep an eye on is if a new account at a new credit provider has been opened. Ironically you can check this information on a credit bureau report. You can get that sort of thing from credit bureaus like Experian (hmmm).