A former employee of American Express is under investigation by the police for allegedly accessing customer information with the intent to commit fraud.
The exact details of the incident have not been disclosed, but the employee is thought to have wrongfully accessed the personal information of Amex customers in America in an attempt to open accounts at other financial institutions.
Amex began notifying customers of the data breach by letter on September 30. Customers who received the letter were told “as a result of the incident, your name, current or previously issued American Express Card account number, physical and/or billing address, date of birth, and Social Security number were compromised.”
When contacted for comment, Amex would not say precisely how many customers had been affected by the breach but stated that “only a small number of our customers were impacted.”