Scam Alert: Marriott/Starwood Hotels Massive Data Breach (500 million affected)

The World’s largest hotel operator, Marriott Hotels, which includes the Starwood group with such brands as Sheraton, W Hotels, Westin and more, has announced that they have suffered an enormous data breach with up to 500 million guests records illegally accessed. At present it appears that it was not the Marriot records, but only the Starwood brands. However, 327 million of the records included passport numbers, emails, date of birth, home address and in many cases credit card numbers. IF


Tips and Advice

  • Check Starwood Special Page – Starwood have set up a special page to describe the breach and help victims, click here
  • Email from Marriott? – Marriott begun emailing affected clients today so please watch out for such an email.
  • Check your accounts – keep an eye on your account and let your bank/card provider know immediately if there are any suspect transactions.
  • Watch out – for further phishing scams where fraudsters send emails or SMS claiming to be from Google or your bank and want you to sign in to protect your account. See our guide on how to avoid.
  • Protect your id – CIFAS manage the database where most financial institutions check before issuing credit cards, loans etc. One can take out Protective Registration which puts a flag against your name and so companies will take extra steps to protect you

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.

See also: The Reassura Guide to Phishing, Vishing and Smishing Reassura is dedicated to helping raise awareness of scams and fraud along with the impact they have on their victims.

Reassura’s team of specialist anti-fraud advisors are here to help members make better decisions and avoid falling victim to scams and fraud. For further information or for advice and assistance regarding any potential scam, call Reassura on 0800 888 6400