Anthem warns of phishing scam in light of cyber attack

A man walks past health insurer Anthem's corporate headquarters in Indianapolis, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. Hackers broke into the company's database storing information for about 80 million people in an attack bound to stoke fears many Americans have about the privacy of their most sensitive information. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
A man walks past health insurer Anthem's corporate headquarters in Indianapolis, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. Hackers broke into the company's database storing information for about 80 million people in an attack bound to stoke fears many Americans have about the privacy of their most sensitive information. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A new warning after word of a cyber attack on insurance provider Anthem.

The company is warning current and former Anthem customers of what it calls a scam that already surfaced, only a day after the data breach was announced.

Anthem releases phishing warning after cyber attack.  (Photo/Anthem)
Anthem releases phishing warning after cyber attack. (Photo/Anthem)

Anthem says there is an email campaign that is designed to look like they come from Anthem, but the company says it is a phishing scam to get your personal information.

The emails include a ‘click here’ link for credit monitoring. These emails are not from Anthem.

The insurers advises you to:

  • 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 If you have clicked on a link in email.
  • DO NOT open any attachments that arrive with email.

Anthem says it will contract current and former members via U.S. Postal Service mailings about the cyber attack. The mailings will include specific information about how to enroll in legitimate credit monitoring.

Affected members will receive free credit monitors and identity theft protection services.

Anthem announced Thursday that 80 million of its customers could be affected by the data breach.

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