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Wonga data breach: how to protect yourself
written by ActionFraud's blog on the 10th April 2017 at 15:02

Wonga has confirmed a data breach where up to 250,000 accounts have been compromised.

The incident is now being investigated by the police and has been reported to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

Wonga has updated their website with further information and confirmed that they are contacting all those affected and are taking steps to protect them, but there are also some things you can do to keep your information secure.

Here’s what you can do to make yourself safer:

  • If the password you've used for the compromised account is being used elsewhere, change it immediately. Use three random words with a combination of numbers, symbols and upper and lower case characters to create a strong password.
  • If any of your financial details were compromised, notify your bank or card company as soon as possible. Review your financial statements regularly for any unusual activity.
  • Criminals can use personal data obtained from a data breach to commit identity fraud. Consider using credit reference agencies, such as Experian or Equifax, to monitor your credit file for any unusual activity.
  • If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, please report it to us on the Action Fraud website.

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