Were You Affected by the Anthem Data Breach? Watch Out for Fake Emails and Phone Calls


Another data breach is rocking the country; this time, hackers have stolen data from Anthem Insurance, putting 80 million Americans at risk.

The stolen data includes names, addresses, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and other information.

Anthem is now warning victims to be on the lookout for fake emails and phone calls from the company; the scammers are using fake correspondence to try and get more data, such as credit card information.

Anthem is reminding consumers that they will never call or email anyone and ask for their credit card number. The company has released the following information about the new crop of scams:

These scams, designed to capture personal information (known as “phishing”) are designed to appear as if they are from Anthem and the emails include a “click here” link for credit monitoring. These emails are NOT from Anthem.

* DO NOT click on any links in email.

* DO NOT reply to the email or reach out to the senders in any way.

* DO NOT supply any information on the website that may open, if you have clicked on a link in an email.

* DO NOT open any attachments that arrive with email.

Anthem is not calling members regarding the cyber attack and is not asking for credit card information or social security numbers over the phone.

This outreach is from scam artists who are trying to trick consumers into sharing personal data.


Anthem will contact current and former members via mail delivered by the U.S. Postal Service about the cyber attack with specific information on how to enroll in credit monitoring. Affected members will receive free credit monitoring and ID protection services.

If you are a victim of the Anthem breach, call the company’s toll free hotline at: 877-263-7995.


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