Customers and Employees of Anthem Inc to Get Free Identity Theft Protection for Two Years
Anthem Insurance on Wednesday announced that it will be offering protections to customers whose data may have been stolen during a recent data breach faced by the company. The insurer said in a statement that hackers managed to break into the computer system to gain access to the personal information of tens of millions of its current and former customers and employees.
The services which the health insurer has promised to provide its customers include two years of identity protection and credit-monitoring services.
The company has also promised to provide identity repair services to those who suspect that they have faced identity theft.
Also special protection will be provided to minors, which will include an identity theft product that searches databases for accounts tied to a minor's Social Security number.
The company informed that the protections will apply to members from the day of the potential exposure of their information.
Social Security numbers are particularly dangerous because they can be used to file false tax returns and open fake credit lines, said Identity Theft Resource Center CEO Eva Velasquez.
The Social Security Administration said that in order to get a new social security number people need to prove their age and identity. They will also have to show that they are having problems with someone misusing their Social Security number.
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