According to credit-reference agency Experian, there are increasing incidents of fraudsters targeting first-time buyers, and some of it can be related to data breaches.
As a firm of expert data breach compensation lawyers, this news doesn’t come as a surprise to us at all. First-time buyers can be vulnerable to the kinds of tricks and scams that criminals can pull off, particularly because of being thrown into the world of owning a home for the first time. Criminals could pose as a number of organisations or parties, and they could use information from data breaches to convince people that they’re the real deal.
This kind of problem demonstrates how bad a simple data breach can actually be for a victim when criminals use even small bits of seemingly “harmless” data that has been exposed in a breach to do serious damage.
You can be eligible to claim fraud compensation where the crime has arisen from a data breach, data leak or a hack.
It only takes a little bit of personal information for criminals to commit fraud or identity theft. Where payment card data has been exposed, the risks can be even higher, and victims can be at an imminent threat of losing money.
Ultimately, if the fraud has arisen because your personal information has been exposed or misused by an organisation, you may be able to bring a claim for compensation against them.
If you’ve fallen victim to TalkTalk fraudsters and you need advice about claiming data breach compensation, we can help, and you may be eligible to join our action.
After the huge 2015 TalkTalk data breach, a number of customers – including ones we’ve helped – reported being contacted by fraudsters who were posing as TalkTalk. People we spoke to told us that the fraudsters knew things like their personal information, TalkTalk account details, and even information about complaints on their files. That’s how they convinced them they were the real deal.
As such, it’s believed that the fraudsters may have gained this information from the TalkTalk cyber-attack. Although the company has previously denied this is the case, we can only look at the evidence in front of us. And that’s why we have been taking compensation claims forward on a No Win, No Fee basis.
In a worrying update regarding the 2015 TalkTalk data breach that we’ve been representing clients for who are making claims for compensation, new customer information has been found online.
The details for an additional 4,545 customers has been found online and could reportedly be located using a google search. Data exposed online included personal information, TalkTalk account data and bank account information.
If you’re one of the thousands of customers whose data has been found online, you may be eligible to join our TalkTalk data breach compensation action. We’re representing victims for cases on a No Win, No Fee basis, and have been doing so for years. This action is one of dozens of group actions and multi-party actions we’re fighting for justice in.
A pair or friends from Tamworth who got involved in the massive 2015 TalkTalk data hack have been jailed.
The TalkTalk data hack is a legal action we’re involved in as we fight for the rights of victims affected by the incident.
23-year-old Matthew Hanley was jailed for 12 months having admitted to hacking the website between 18th October and 22nd October 2015. He reportedly handed data over for hacking to another person, and handed financial information to 21-year-old Connor Allsopp. Allsopp was jailed for eight months and admitted to supplying stolen customer data to another person for fraud.
Telecoms giant TalkTalk have been accused of continuing to neglect cybersecurity after a hacker contacted Sky news and reported website security flaws that had been left unfixed for years.
The news comes as little surprise to us as we continue to represent victims for previous TalkTalk cyber-hacks that were, in our view, entirely preventable.
According to the media reports from the end of March, the hacker found a simple scripting error that allowed him to take control of a TalkTalk.co.uk URL, and use it to trick customers that they were visiting a genuine TalkTalk website.
We have helped and advised people in the past who were scammed out of thousands of pounds because they were called by fraudsters who were able to convince the victims they were calling from TalkTalk themselves.
The criminals likely gained their information from the TalkTalk cyber-hack and had enough details to be able to trick victims in to thinking they were the real deal, with names, addresses, numbers and even account info.
The internet is a fundamental part of our lives. It connects us and provides us with access to the wealth of information this world has to offer.
However, when these figurative cyber portals are open, it’s important to realise it’s a two-way door…
With the rise of the digital age and the use of ever-advancing technology, cybercriminals have a far greater number of targets. Some criminals no longer need to plan a difficult and risky burglary to steal valuables from buildings; hackers can access bank account details for millions of people without leaving their desks!
And the problem is getting worse…
We are now two years on from the TalkTalk hacking scandal, and we are helping a number of individuals claim compensation as victims of the breach. In October 2015, TalkTalk was yet again subject to another data breach by hackers when around 157,000 customers had their personal information reportedly accessed. The hack exposed some customers’ names, addresses, dates of birth, phone numbers and email addresses. For around 10% of the victims, this also reportedly included bank details, raising fears that accounts could have been accessed.
Hackers used software to illegally access information and then appeared to upload the company’s weaknesses on the internet. It is thought that none of the personal information accessed was encrypted.
As if the £400,000 fine last year was not enough, TalkTalk has been slapped with a £100,000 fine for reportedly breaching data protection laws over customer information.
Unlike the last fine which came off the back of countless customers’ information being exposed after a malicious hacking, TalkTalk is being fined for an alleged lack of information security, leaving customer data “open to exploitation by rogue employees.”
TalkTalk employees reportedly have access to a great deal of information, heightening the need for internal security measures.