WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue students are beginning to find out their financial information has been compromised. It comes after Indianapolis-based cap and gown company Herff Jones confirmed that there was a data breach on their website. The Indianapolis-based company said this on their website in regards to the data breach.
"Herff Jones recently became aware of suspicious activity involving certain customers’ payment card information. We promptly launched an investigation and engaged a leading cybersecurity firm to assist in assessing the scope of the incident. We have taken steps to mitigate the potential impact and notified law enforcement. Herff Jones is committed to the privacy and security of its customers and we take this responsibility seriously. During the course of our investigation, which is ongoing, we identified theft of certain customers’ payment information. We sincerely apologize to those impacted by this incident. We are working diligently to identify and notify impacted customers. In the meantime, we have a dedicated customer service team that can be reached by calling 855-535-1795 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday."
One Purdue Senior who was affected by the data breach says he found out about it from a friend.
“I got notification from a friend in a group chat that a bunch of people had their credit card information compromised,” said Purdue Senior Hamza Tanzeem. “I went to check my bank records that weren't from me and I found two recent transactions that I know I didn't make”
He added that Purdue University has not sent out notifications to students about the issue. Tanzeem says he purchased his cap and gown on March 28th and noticed charges on his credit card that weren't from him on May 5th. Herff Jones has set up a customer service line for people who have been affected by this. If you had your banking information stolen, you can call 855-535-1795 between the hours of 9 am and 9 pm Monday through Friday.