ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Saint Louis University recently notified approximately 3,000 people of a possible security breach involving their protected health information.

Someone gained unauthorized access to health information of 3,000 people and 200 Social Security numbers through employee email accounts with a sophisticated email phishing scam, according to a university spokesman. Some SLU employees replied to an email phishing scam received in late July, which triggered the breach.

The university's electronic health record system was not accessed through the scam.

According to the spokesman, employees' financial information was the main target of the scam. Although no unauthorized financial transactions occurred, 10 employees changed their direct deposit information.

Those who have been affected have been notified by SLU, and the university is providing one year of free continuous credit monitoring and identity theft protection and restoration.

For more information for those affected, visitSLU's phishing website or the toll-free number of 1-877-309-9839.

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