Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Earlier this week, Premera/Blue Cross announced that they have been the target of a major data breach.

This cyberattack has affected Premera Blue Cross, Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, and its affiliated companies, Vivacity and Connexion Insurance Solutions, Inc., and in turn, has affected millions of Washingtonians.

 “I’m very concerned about this and other data breaches that put Washingtonians at risk,” said Attorney General Ferguson, “My team is looking into what happened, and we will do everything we can to protect consumers.”

Premera will be sending letters to those impacted by this cyberattack and is offering two years of free credit monitoring and identity protection services to anyone affected.

Visit http://www.premeraupdate.com/ for updates.

Remember: Scammers often use large cyberattacks or natural disaster to try and scam those invested or impacted by the event. Be aware that Premera won’t email or call you about this data breach and they won’t ask for your personal information. If you receive an email or phone call from someone claiming to be with Premera/Blue Cross, hang up immediately and don’t provide them with any information.

Comments (4)

Subject: beware of phone scammers! Always notify the authorities.
Comment: 
This is why I strongly advise reporting bogus calls to Callercenter.com. By contributing to the collection of scam-related information, it will be used to keep everyone informed about the latest phone scams in circulation. This will save others from falling for the scheme.
Posted By : lizzie at 03/20/2015 at 10:35pm
Subject: Bogus phone Call phone number 206-926-9829
Comment: 
Person said they're Company name was " Data Verification". Could not provide any information about who they were or why they were calling. Said they were calling from Indiana but the number is a local Seattle number. Said they were part of a large call center. When i called the number back I heard partial recorded message sounding like a business checking on my account but no name of a business was given or name of an account i may have had with them. The same person answered the phone after the recorded message was done.
Posted By : Kathleen B at 04/21/2015 at 12:24pm
Subject: Telephone calls my accountant says is a Scam
Comment: 
We have received numerous phone calls from Mickey Johnson saying she is from the IRS. The latest on 4/28/2015, said "This was our Final Notice to us or our retained attorney of record, that they will be filing a law suit against us if we did not return her call immediately. The various numbers she left to call was 424-260-8844 (Calif), 210-591-7630 (Texas), and the last call came from 607-743-9187 (Elmira, New York) & said to call the Texas number above. Our Accountant said they were Scams. All these calls were on my answering machine , since I do not answer calls I do not recognize. We will see if a law suit is filed.
Posted By : Elaine Harmon at 04/29/2015 at 6:15pm
Subject: IRS Scam phone calls
Comment: 
We are receiving repeated calls from this number: 206-565-9620. It is a recording saying we are being pursued by the IRS in a potential lawsuit and must call back. We are ignoring the calls but it is very annoying. This morning, we were awakened at 6 a.m. by this scammer. And they have called 2 more times today. Beware!
Posted By : Geraldine Tyler at 07/29/2016 at 5:45pm

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