Attorney General Morrisey Urges Target Shoppers To Sign Up For Free Credit Monitoring Offered By Company
CHARLESTON—Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said West Virginia consumers who shopped at Target and fear that their personal information has been comprised may enroll for free credit monitoring services.
During the past several days, Target has sent emails to customers offering one year of free credit monitoring, as well as identity theft insurance where available. The offer includes a complimentary copy of the consumer’s credit report so consumers can review accounts, balances and transactions. Target extended the offer to customers who were impacted by the security breach and consumers who previously shopped at its stores.
“Target is making this service available to every customer who has shopped in a store in the United States,” Morrisey said. “This service will help customers, even those who were not affected by the Christmas season security breach, to ensure their identities are protected. West Virginians who have shopped with the company should take advantage of this offer.”
To register for the credit monitoring, consumers should go to creditmonitoring.target.com before April 23. Consumers also should continue to regularly monitor their credit and debit card statements for unauthorized activity.
“It has been deeply troubling to see how many people have been impacted by this data breach,” Morrisey said.
In December, Target announced a data breach affecting approximately 40 million consumers who shopped at the company’s U.S. retail stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 and used a credit or debit card to make their purchase. The company said hackers were able to collect a customer name, credit or debit card number, the card’s expiration date, card security code, and encrypted PIN numbers. The company later said the names, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of approximately 70 million customers also may have been compromised even if the customer did not make a purchase during the holiday shopping season.
If you believe you have been a victim of identity theft or your credit cards have been breached, call local law enforcement, as well as the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 800-368-8808 and the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-438-4338 or go online to www.ftc.gov/idtheft.