Anthem data breach possibly linked to tax return fraud - KMOV.com

Anthem data breach possibly linked to tax return fraud

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(KMOV.com) -- More than 2 million people in Missouri had their personal information hacked during a cyber attack on Anthem in February.

Many people have told News 4 they have Anthem health care and when they went to file their taxes, found that a fraudster had beaten them to it. 

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told News 4 at this point, he can't talk a lot of details if tax fraud can be tied back to the Anthem breach.

But Lynn Toops, a class action attorney suing Anthem on behalf of consumers nationwide, says she and her clients feel there's a connection.

"We heard from an individual where the IRS itself told this individual that Anthem was the cause," Toops said.

Attorney generals from across the country recently met, specifically to address massive data breaches like Anthem, Target, Home Depot and JP Morgan Chase, along with the impact on tax fraud. 

The federal government reports that tax fraud cost taxpayers nationwide $5.2 billion in 2013 and is predicted to skyrocket to $26 billion by next year.

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