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Watch out for this scam in the wake of the massive healthcare breach

Watch out for this scam in the wake of the massive healthcare breach
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Updated (2/18/15): Page two of this story originally stated that Anthem sent no emails concerning free credit monitoring for customers affected by the data breach. It should have said that there have been no emails since the initial February 4th notification. It has been updated to reflect these corrections. Anthem is offering free credit monitoring through AllClear Pro, and if you're a current or former Anthem member since 2004, you are eligible for the service. Click here for more information about Anthem's credit monitoring. I still encourage you to beware of future emails from Anthem claiming to offer credit protection.

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Hackers hit health insurance provider Anthem a few weeks ago in a data breach that could've affected up to 80 million customers. Now, more cybercriminals are trying to take advantage of the situation by sending phishing emails to customers in an attempt to steal your data. If you've received an email about the breach from Anthem, be careful, because it's likely a fake.

In a question on its FAQ page about whether it would be offering credit monitoring to affected customers, Anthem said. "All impacted members will receive notice via mail which will advise them of the protections being offered to them as well as any next steps."

Once that message became public, cybercriminals began sending out phishing scam emails that look like they're from Anthem. They include a message about the data breach and also have a link that customers can click on to supposedly get a free year of credit monitoring protection. But, you should think twice before clicking it.

Next page: Protect yourself from these phishing emails.
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