Anthem warns about scam email campaigns

Special to The Freeman

Feb. 6, 2015

MILWAUKEE — A day after insurance company Anthem announced that it had been the subject of a cyber attack, it issued a warning about scam email campaigns trying to capitalize on people’s worry.

According to the release Friday, Anthem said people who may have been affected by the cyber attack should be aware of scam email campaigns targeting current and former Anthem members. These scams, designed to capture personal information are designed to appear as if they are from Anthem and the emails include a “click here” link for credit monitoring. These emails are not from Anthem.

The company warned not to click on any links in the email. Also, do not reply to the email or reach out to the senders, do not supply any information on the website that may open if you have clicked on a link in an email and do not open any attachments that arrive with email.

Also, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin is not calling members regarding the online attack and is not asking for credit card information or Social Security numbers over the phone, according to the announcement Friday.

Anthem will contact current and former members via mail delivered by the U.S. Postal Service about the cyber attack with specific information on how to enroll in credit monitoring. Affected members will receive free credit monitoring and ID protection services.

Additional information about the cyber attack against Anthem is available at www.anthemfacts.com.