Suspected data breach at online bookstore leads to 230 scams

Focus Taiwan
Date: 08/16/2020
By: Huang Li-yun and Chiang Yi-ching

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Taipei, Aug. 16 (CNA) A suspected data breach at the online bookstore TAAZE has caused 230 of its customers to be scammed for an estimated total of NT$22 million (US$738,540), the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said Sunday.

Between Jan. 1 and Aug. 9, the 230 people reported to the 165 anti-fraud hotline that they had been scammed after placing an order on TAAZE, the CIB said, adding that 45 of the cases — nearly 20 percent of the total — were reported last week alone.

One TAAZE customer who fell victim to the scam is a 35-year-old teacher from New Taipei surnamed Hsu (許), the CIB said.

After buying NT$930-worth of books, Hsu received a call from a scammer who claimed to be a customer service employee at the online bookstore, the CIB said.    [FULL  STORY]

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