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What to Do if Posible Victim of Target Data Breach

Target confirmed Thursday that between November 27 and December 15, around 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been impacted by an unauthorized breach in access to card payment data.
Target confirmed Thursday that between November 27 and December 15, around 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been impacted by an unauthorized breach in access to card payment data.

According to Target’s news release, the company has been working with authorities, as well as financial institutions since the breach came to light, and have “identified and resolved the issue.”

Target is asking anyone who believes they may have been a victim of the breach and suspects unauthorized activity to call Target at 866-852-8680.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has also released five tips on what to do if you suspect your credit or debit card has been compromised:

1. Keep receipts in case you have to prove which charges you authorized and which ones you did not authorize.

2. Review your accounts. Check your credit card and bank statements for unauthorized charges every few days.

3. Watch out for email scams. Don’t fall for fake phishing emails purporting to be from Target, your bank or your credit card company about the data breach which instruct you to click on links or download attachments. If you click on links or download attachments, your computer will be infected with viruses designed to steal your personal information.

4. Check your credit reports with all three credit bureaus to make sure that no one has opened credit accounts in your names. You can get a free credit report at www.annualcreditreport.com.

5. Put an alert on your credit report so that you are notified when new credit accounts are opened in your name. Or, you can freeze your credit report so that no new accounts can be opened in your name.

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