About Anthem Security Breach
According to an official statement posted on their website, anthemfacts.com, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield experienced a “sophisticated external cyber attack” where “attackers gained unauthorized access to Anthem’s IT system and obtained personal information from current and former members.”
Information such as:
• Birth dates
• Medical IDs
• Social Security numbers
• Street addresses
• Email addresses
• Employment information/income data
Anthem also states there is no evidence credit card or medical information was compromised.
Who is Affected?
Consumers insured by one of the following Anthem plans (from 2004 to present):
• Anthem Blue Cross
• Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
• Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia
• Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield
What You Should Do?
Anthem is working with AllClear ID, a leading and trusted identity protection provider, to offer 24 months of identity theft repair and credit monitoring services to current or former members of an affected Anthem plan dating back to 2004. As stated at anthemfacts.com.
Anthem states they will individually notify those whose information was accessed. However, if you are insured by one of the Anthem plans you need to be aware of the following now:
Scammers may try to use this event to trick people into giving up personal information. If you receive an email or phone call from someone claiming to be from Anthem and asking for your personal information, do not respond to them. Call Anthem directly at 1-877-263-7995 to determine if it was their actual representative who contacted you.
Consider Placing Fraud Alerts
You have the right by federal law to place fraud alerts with the three national credit reporting agencies (CRAs). This will place a statement on your credit reports to alert credit issuers that you may be vulnerable to identity theft and that they should take reasonable steps to verify that the person applying for credit is actually you.
Place an alert with all three CRAs by calling just one:
Equifax: 888-766-0008 -or- 800-680-7289
Know Your Options
Anthem is offering 24 months of identity theft repair and credit monitoring services through AllClear ID. What does that mean you get for the next 2 years? And is that enough protection if someone does steal your identity?
Although Anthem is providing their clients and former clients with some services, it still leaves many places where one could get their identity stolen. For instance, Anthem stated that there was no evidence of credit card information being stolen, yet that is where they are giving the most coverage through AllClear ID. AllClear ID covers one of the five types of ID theft. They are only giving ID theft repair, and credit card monitoring. Of course, something is better than nothing, and Anthem is providing this for free for 24 months.
Included in IDShield’s plans are monitoring for Tax/Employment Fraud, Medical Fraud, Driver’s License Fraud, and Criminal Fraud. They also include “Complete Restoration” for all covered members of your family (the only ID theft company to offer restoration services).
Anthem is offering a free service to those affected the Anthem Security Breach, we wanted our clients to know there is an alternative. We became an Independent Associate with IDShield last year so that we could offer our clients protection from Identity Theft. After researching other companies, we found that IDShield partnered with Kroll was the top choice. For more information about IDShield’s protection plans, feel free to contact us, or click here to head over to our IDShield website to learn more and enroll in a identity theft plan today!