JOHANNESBURG, The Southern African Fraud Prevention Service (SAFPS) has warned consumers to be cautious in light of South Africa's biggest data breach.

The warning comes after details, including national identity document (ID) numbers and home addresses of citizens were dumped on the Internet.

The Hawks, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation at the outh African Police Service (SAPS), says it is investigating the matter.

An Australian Internet security researcher, Troy Hunt, reportedly discovered the breach, which exposes the personal details of more than 30 million South Africans.

Speaking on the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), the AM Live programme's, the Ombudsman at South Africa's Credit Ombud, Manie van Schalkwyk, says the situation should not be taken lightly.

"The figure of 31 million was mentioned and that grew to 47 million and Thursday night I saw a figure of 60 million which will include some deceased individuals or people living overseas," he added.

"I would suggest you could get you a free credit bureau report from TransUnion, Compuscan, ect. Go and get your free credit bureau report and check if there are inquiries that show there which you have not applied for credit, if there are accounts indicated on those reports or if you start to get calls from debt collectors to say you haven't paid us and it's not your account, then that is suspicious. Then I could urge you to come to the SAFPS."


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