Madigan warns consumers after breach of patient data at Anthem

By Shane Nicholson

Managing Editor

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has warned consumers to be on the lookout for a new wave of phishing and data scams.

Following news last week that the country’s second largest health insurer Anthem Inc. had been the target of hacking operations, the company revealed that over 80 million consumer records had been compromised, including consumers in Illinois.

Anthem has already reported incidents of  email and phone phishing scams targeting consumers in the wake of the data breach.

“Consumers who receive an email or phone call claiming to be from Anthem should delete it or hang up right away,” Madigan said.

“People who may be impacted by this breach should immediately begin monitoring their accounts for unauthorized activity.”

The Wall Street Journal reported that the Anthem event showed similarities to previous attacks that originated in China.

Anthem has notified customers that they will not call or email them directly in regards to the data breach and that any such contacts should be treated as an attempt to collect data by scammers.

Customers can confirm any attempts by parties claiming to represent Anthem by calling 877-263-7995.

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