CUSTOMERS who have used loan company Wonga are being warned of a data breach that could lead to them falling victim to fraud.
The accounts of up to 250,000 accounts have been compromised, the Action Fraud (National Fraud Intelligence Bureau) has revealed.
The incident is now being investigated by the police and has been reported to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
Wonga has updated its website with further information and confirmed it is contacting all those affected and taking steps to protect them, but there are also some things Wonga users can do to keep their information secure.
Those who have had their financial details compromised should notify their bank or card company as soon as possible and review their financial statements regularly for any unusual activity.
Criminals can use personal data obtained from a data breach to commit identity fraud.
People should consider using credit reference agencies, such as Experian or Equifax, to regularly monitor your credit file for unusual activity.
They should also be suspicious of any unsolicited calls, emails or texts, even if it appears to be from a company they know of. Residents are urged not to open the attachments or click on links within unsolicited emails, and never disclose any personal or financial details during a cold call.
Anyone who has been a victim of fraud or cyber crime should report it to: http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud