Whether you were affected or not, you have probably heard all about the security breach that has compromised the personal information of millions of Target shoppers over the holiday season. In December, Target announced that about 40 million credit and debit cards may have been affected. Later they discovered that other information was also stolen. Non-credit card related data like names, addresses, phone numbers, and emails of as many as 70 million people were obtained.
In the wake of the Target data breach, Target is now offering free credit monitoring services from Experian to affected customers. If you are a victim or think you may be a victim, visit THIS PAGE to learn more about Target’s free credit monitoring offer.
However, beware of any emails you receive from Target. While they are in fact contacting their customers with information about the free credit monitoring, the hackers are taking advantage by sending out a fake email in an effort to obtain more information and steal from the victims.
Here is a copy of the REAL EMAIL from Target. If your email matches this one, then it is safe. Anything different is fake (the sender, the text, the links, etc.). Do not click any links found in the fake email, and do not provide any personal information. If you already have, then refer to ACCC’s Identity Theft Protection Handout below. Click the image for the free download!
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