Breach News Alert: 40 Million Target Customers’ Debit and Credit Information Stolen

What Happened?     

If you or anyone you know shops at Target, your debit or credit card may have been compromised. This data breach occurred Nov. 27 through Dec. 15, 2013. It impacted approximately 40 million U.S. payment cards — NOT just Target RedCards, but financial institution-issued credit and debit cards as well. So if you purchased anything with a payment card at a Target store during that time period, you could be one of the 40 million data breach victims nationwide.

What Should You Do?

  • Continuously check your bank statement for any suspicious activity.
  • If you detect a problem: RedCard holders should contact Target (1-800-440-0680); others should contact their financial institution.
  • Impacted debit card users should change their PIN.
  • Monitor your credit account regularly and set purchase amount alerts.

  Additional Details

For more details about this payment card data breach and how to protect your information, read Target’s official statements. You can also acquire additional information via the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) website, or by calling (1-877-438-4338).

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John is General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer of Sontiq, the parent company of the EZShield and IdentityForce brands. He is a Certified Compliance...
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