If you have had your personal information impacted by the Pawn America, Payday America, or PAL card America data breach, contact a data privacy attorney to investigate your claim. You may be able to file a class action data breach lawsuit to compensate you for your time, financial losses, and future risk of identity theft.
In late September 2021, Pawn America, as well as affiliates Payday America and PAL Card America, began experiencing network outages and discovered a ransomware attack had compromised computer systems. As a result hundreds of thousands of individuals may be impacted by files encrypted and possibly stolen from Payday America, Pawn America and PAL Card America.
A forensic investigation determined that on September 28th, 2021, a hacker gained access to the Pawn America/Payday America computer system and deployed ransomware tools. Those responsible for the attack told Pawn America that they retained copies of the data and threatened to leak the information, potentially leading to an identity theft risk for hundreds of thousands of former customers.
The Pawn America (Payday America, PAL Card America) data breach may have leaked the following information:
- Phone number
- Email address
- Driver’s license numbers
- Social security numbers
- PAL account number
- Passport number
On the Pawn America Web site, the company makes the following statement on the importance of data security: “We take commercially reasonable steps to protect data, particularly financial information, transmitted through our Site. We cannot and do not ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us or from our online products or services. You transmit information to us at your own risk and should take all necessary precautions regarding the information you transmit, either to our Site or elsewhere on the Internet.”
Attorneys claim that despite the warning to protect yourself from the risk of data theft, companies who collect and store personal data have a duty to protect consumer data.