February 7, 2015 Last Updated 9:10 am

Anthem cautions customers about scam emails

Following a serious data breach, the second largest health insurer in the U.S. warned its customers about scam emails.

On Thursday, Anthem admitted that it had experienced a cyber attack and 80 million customer records were stolen.

“These attackers gained unauthorized access to Anthem’s IT system and have obtained personal information from our current and former members such as their names, birthdays, medical IDs/social security numbers, street addresses, e-mail addresses and employment information, including income data,” the company said.

One day later there were already reports of scam emails being received from Anthem customers.

“This outreach is from scam artists who are trying to trick consumers into sharing personal data. There is no indication that the scam email campaigns are being conducted by those that committed the cyber attack, or that the information accessed in the attack is being used by the scammers,” the company said in a statement.

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

Interestingly, this may not actually be tied to the cyber attack – after all, the company has already said the hackers gained access to social security numbers. On the other hand, this email scam may be an attempt to tie different groups of information together. In any case, it must feel good NOT being an Anthem customer.

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