Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin: Alerts consumers to protect themselves from scam email campaigns

Contact:

Scott Larrivee, 262-523-4746, [email protected], Twitter: @AnthemPR_WI

MILWAUKEE – Feb. 6, 2015 – Wisconsin residents who may have been impacted by the cyber attack against Anthem, should be aware of scam email campaigns targeting current and former Anthem members. These scams, designed to capture personal information (known as “phishing”) 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.

* DO NOT click on any links in email.

* DO NOT reply to the email or reach out to the senders in any way.

* DO NOT supply any information on the website that may open, if you If you have clicked on a link in an email.

* DO NOT open any attachments that arrive with email.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin is not calling members regarding the cyber attack and is not asking for credit card information or Social Security numbers over the phone.

This outreach is from scam artists who are trying to trick consumers into sharing personal data. There is no indication that the scam email campaigns are being conducted by those that committed the cyber attack, or that the information accessed in the attack is being used by the scammers.

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 http://www.anthemfacts.com.

For more guidance on recognizing scam email, please visit the FTC website: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0003-phishing.

About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin (BCBSWi), which underwrites or administers the PPO and indemnity policies; Compcare Health Services Insurance Corporation (Compcare), which underwrites or administers the HMO policies; and Compcare and BCBSWi collectively, which underwrite or administer the POS policies. Independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin is available at http://www.anthem.com.