66,000 at risk as payday loans firm admits data breach

trusted quidPayday loan company Trusted Quid is not exactly living up to its name after becoming the latest firm to fess up to a major data breach, with the personal details of over 66,000 customers pilfered from its website.
Details at risk include phone numbers, dates of birth, addresses, loan details, employment status and bank account information.
In a statement, the Edinburgh-based company said: “There has been a theft of data from unauthorised access to the Trusted Quid website. The incident relates to data directly entered by people applying for a loan only on the Trusted Quid website between 1 July 2016 and 17 February 2018.”
The company insists it has made three attempts to contact anyone affected by the data breach. It has also confirmed that it has contacted both the Information Commissioner’s Office and the Financial Conduct Authority about the incident.
A ICO spokeswoman said: “Organisations have a legal duty to ensure people’s personal data is kept secure. We have been in contact with the company and other regulatory agencies to ensure the rights of those affected are protected.”
Trusted Quid has set up a free helpline where customers can access advice from anti-fraud specialists. The firm has said it will issue refunds for “certain out-of-pocket expenses you may incur”, although exact details have not been published.

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