Target was hit by a massive data breach involving millions of customers’ credit and debit card information.
Shoppers who visited any of Target’s U.S. stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 are at risk of having their credit and debit card information stolen.
Target provided us with some tips for what to do if you visited one of their stores during that timeframe:
1. Closely monitor your credit and debit card statements for any suspicious activity.
2. If you find anything suspicious, immediately contact your bank. You can also contact the Federal Trade Commission to report incidents of identity theft at www.consumer.gov/idtheft or call the FTC at 877-4384338.
3. Check your credit report. If you find information that appears to be fraudulent, request that the credit reporting agency delete that information from your credit report file.
4. Add a fraud alert to your credit report file with one of the three credit reporting agencies. That means creditors will be extra vigilant in protecting you, though it may delay your ability to obtain credit.
5. If you want to reach Target directly concerning the breach and precautionary steps you should take, call 866-852-8680.
The company says as many as 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been compromised.
Information that may have been stolen includes customers’ names, card numbers and three-digit security codes.
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