Horizon Settlement: How to Claim Your Share of the Data Breach Payout

    Horizon Settlement: How to Claim Your Share of the Data Breach Payout
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    Have you received an email from the Horizon Data Settlement Administrator that promises you a slice of the settlement lawsuit payout? If you’re wondering whether the settlement is real or fake — and if you’re curious about how to claim your benefits, you’re in the right place!

    Horizon Data Settlement – NOT a Scam

    A lawsuit against Horizon Actuarial Services, LLC and Horizon Healthcare Services, Inc. (collectively, “Horizon”) led to the Horizon Data Settlement. The lawsuit alleged that Horizon failed to protect the personal information of its members, employees, and other individuals, from a data breach in November 2021.

    The data breach involved two Horizon servers that attackers gained unauthorized access to, exposing the personal data of approximately 100,000 individuals who were enrolled in the benefit plans that Horizon provided services for. The personal data included:

    • Names
    • Social Security numbers
    • Addresses
    • Dates of Birth
    • Benefit plan details
    • Other sensitive information

    Horizon denies any wrongdoing but agreed to pay $8.73 million to settle the lawsuit to avoid the cost and risk of further litigation. According to the settlement website, you may be eligible to claim from the settlement if you live in the US and your private information was impacted by the Horizon data breach in November 2021, and if you received a mail notice about it.

    How to Claim Your Share of the Horizon Settlement

    If you are eligible for the payment, you need to submit a claim by no later than February 21, 2024. Claim forms can either be submitted online or downloaded and mailed to the settlement administrator at:

    Horizon Actuarial Settlement Administrator
    P.O. Box 4298
    Portland, OR 97208-4298

    For more information regarding the lawsuit, check out their page.

    Horizon Data Settlement – 100% Legitimate

    In November 2023, Horizon agreed to pay the $8.73 million settlement to resolve claims related to the security breach incident. They have posted the settlement on their page and sent out notice to the affected class members.

    If you received an email from regarding the Horizon Data Settlement, it’s likely a legitimate message from the settlement administrator. However, exercise caution against phishing attempts impersonating Horizon, which may request your personal or financial information. Verify authenticity by considering the following:

    1. Check the Sender’s Email Address: The official email address of the settlement administrator is info@horizondatasettlement.com. Check out for misspellings or variations on the email address.
    2. Suspicious Links: Do not click on any links or attachments in the email unless you are sure they are safe and from a trusted source. The official domain name of the settlement website is horizondatasettlement.com.
    3. Verify the Content: It should be the same as the Horizon Actuarial Settlement Notice on the image above, which can be also found on their official website.
    4. Dubious Requests: The email should not ask you for any personal information, such as your Social Security number, bank account number, or credit card number.

    By following these steps, you can protect yourself from phishing scams and claim your benefits from the Horizon Data Settlement.

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