According to a Freedom Mobile spokesperson, the data breach impacted around 15,000 people in Canada.
Freedom Mobile is a major cell network in Canada, serving more than 1.5 million customers. The leaked database stored customer information including customer names, full credit card details (credit card numbers, expiry dates, and verification numbers), and answers to credit checks filed through Equifax, along with reasons why an application was accepted or rejected.
This data can help fraudsters use or sell your credit card information online. They can also get a loan or mortgage, open bank accounts, and more, all in your name.
In case you haven’t heard, it was announced recently in the news that a data breach took place in April 2019 on Freedom Mobile. If Freedom Mobile has your information, you might be at risk of identity fraud.
How to protect your personal information
1. Monitor your credit card statements for suspicious charges
notify your bank right away if you see unfamiliar charges, and sign up for online banking if you have not already to view up-to-date credit card charges.
2. Change your passwords monthly
use different passwords for every account and don’t share them with anyone. or your password remembering apps like Dashlane
3. Get identity fraud protection
if you activate monitor, they will monitor your Equifax credit bureau and alert you daily by email and/or push notification whenever a company makes an inquiry into your Equifax credit bureau.
If you notice a suspicious inquiry, we’ll guide you through the next steps to help stop fraudsters in their tracks.