Tax season is here and this data breach is prefect timing for thieves to fire our tax returns and steal our money. Most likely, a victim will only know they're a victim when they file their taxes and the IRS says it has already been done.
Personal information in the wrong hands could mean someone could apply for a new job. That could create big problems when it comes to IRS earning records and social security records.
Medical ID numbers are also part of the cyber attack. That means someone could use it with other information to get care at hospitals and pharmacies. They can rack up charges and wreck medical records. It can also be life threatening. Imagine if someone needed a treatment like chemotherapy, but their records shown they already received it. The delay in sorting it out could cost precious time.
There are several steps potential victims should take now. First, monitor existing accounts including bank accounts, 401k, or stocks. A rising type of fraud allows hackers to transfer money out of those accounts. Secondly, sign up for credit alerts and identity theft protection. Anthem is promising to provide it to victims, but it's unclear when, or for how long. Thirdly, sign up for fraud alerts through each of the three major credit bureaus.
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