Moss Bros Group Data Breach Claims

Author:
Robert Godfrey
Partner, Head of Professional Negligence and Dispute Resolution
Date:
20/05/2021

If you’ve been contacted by Moss Bros to say your personal data has been exposed, you could make a claim for data breach compensation.

On 26th April, current and former Moss Bros employees were contacted to say that their personal data had been exposed in a recent data breach. The clothing company reported that their systems, which are hosted by a third-party provider, were accessed by an unauthorised user.

We have been contacted by several individuals to look into this and the potential to claim compensation. If you’re worried about your personal data being breached, our Data Breach Solicitors will be happy to look at your case and advise you about making a claim.

We can often handle data breach claims on a No Win, No Fee basis – ask us about this when you get in touch.

What Employee Data Was Breached?

After instructing the help of third-party forensic IT experts, Moss Bros found that the unauthorised third party responsible for the breach managed to download former and current employee data from their third-party provider’s systems.

They have since reported the incident to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and Action Fraud, and are working alongside the forensic IT experts to identify how the data breach came to happen and how to prevent any further breaches.

Employee data that may have been exposed includes:

  • Names
  • Addresses
  • Email addresses 
  • Phone numbers
  • National Insurance numbers
  • Employment records
  • Visa details
  • Passport/driver's license information
  • Bank account details

While Moss Bros haven’t confirmed exactly what data was breached, they have warned that the above employee information could be at risk.

Those affected have been offered a free 12 month-subscription to Identity Plus, a credit and web monitoring service provided by Experian.

What Should Moss Bros Employees Do Next?

You may understandably be worried about your personal data if you’re a current or former Moss Bros employee. If you’ve been affected, Moss Bros should have already been in touch with you. If you’ve not been contacted but still have concerns, you should contact Moss Bros directly.

We also recommend keeping a look out for anything suspicious in the meantime. The effects of a data breach aren’t always imminent, so it’s best to remain vigilant to any phishing attempts. If you receive any suspicious sounding emails, texts or phone calls, think twice before clicking on any links or giving away your private information.

As there’s a risk that bank details could have been exposed in the breach, you should also monitor your bank accounts for any unusual activity, and report anything suspicious with your bank provider straight away.

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Data Breach Compensation Claims

Whether you’ve been contacted by Moss Bros or not, former and current employees could be eligible to make a data breach compensation claim.

Organisations such as Moss Bros Group are responsible for keeping your personal data safe. Even if a data breach is picked up on right away and rectified, there’s still a chance that your personal data could have fallen into the wrong hands. And if it accessed by the wrong person, this can put you at risk of identity theft and fraud. 

If your personal data has been breached or stolen, it’s only right that you get compensation for any loss you’ve suffered as a result. Our Data Breach Solicitors offer a free case assessment, where we’ll look at your situation and tell you if you’ve got grounds for a claim.

If we can take on your case, we’ll see if we can deal with it on a No Win, No Fee basis, which means you won’t need to pay anything upfront, and will only pay at the end if your claim is successful.

Get in touch today to find out more about making a claim.

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