It happened again. Another large corporation’s data was compromised. As first reported last week, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield was the target of a sophisticated cyber attack. The personal information of 80,000,000 customers was stolen. This includes names, birthday,s social security numbers, and more.
The hackers are already using this information. E-mails are being sent to current and former Anthem members attempting to capture personal information. The e-mails appear to come from Anthem and include a company logo and return Anthem address. The link in the e-mail which says “click here for free credit monitoring” takes the recipient to a site that looks legitimate in every way.
What should you do? Never follow a link from any solicitation. These are very risky and, more often than not, lead you to a scamming site designed to steal your information. If you receive an e-mail and believe it is legitimate, or if you want to know if it is legitimate, then go to a company’s website, open a browser window and enter the address yourself. If you are concerned that you truly do need to update information, or get more information, call them directly by looking up their phone number on a statement.
If you are concerned you are a victim, there are links on the Anthem website that explain what you can do. In general, whether it be the most recent Anthem hack, or any other scam, never follow a link from an e-mail. You never know where it might take you.
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