Fraudsters have been setting up scam websites claiming to be for a data protection fund provided by the US Government’s Federal Trading Commission, (FTC). The sites offer to help victims of data breaches from any country, although you will need an US Social Security Number, which handily the site will sell you! The site has a fake “Verification Service” which regardless of what name you put in, even Long-John Silver, it tells you that you have been a victim of a breach and calculates a compensation, generally about $2,500. All you have to do is provide your name, email, date of birth, telephone number and a small administrative payment and……. Its just an advance fee scam and should be avoided.
IGNORE ANY WEBSITE CLAIMING TO GIVE COMPENSATION FROM THE FTC
Tips and Advice
- Does the FTC pay compensation for data breaches? – No!
- Can I get compensation? – Possibly, if you have suffered demonstrable distress or financial loss from a data breach then you should contact the organisation who had the breach, if they do not engage then there are many law firms specialising in such claims, check to see if they are registered with the Law Society, click here
- Personal means private! – Do not divulge personal details unless you are certain who you are talking to
- Stay protected – Make sure your anti-virus software is up to date, it provides another layer of defence from going to any suspicious websites
- ID Protection – If you’re worried about identity fraud and would like to protect your identity contact CIFAS
- Still Unsure? – Join Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisors will help you to stay safe
- To report a fraud – and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool
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