After the breach of Target's security system, that left many of their customers who used debit and credit cards vulnerable to hackers, Target has decided to offer a free credit report and credit monitoring service to those who were affected.
Approximately 70 million customers, who made credit and debit card purchases in their U.S. Target stores between November 27 and December 15, 2013, had their information accessed. Not only did the hackers get the credit/debit card information, they also acquired other personal information including names, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses.
To try to compensate their customers, Target has chosen to partner with Experian to offer one year of free credit monitoring, which includes a free credit report. By signing up for the Experian’s ProtectMyID service, customers will have access to a copy of their credit report, daily credit monitoring, identity-theft insurance, and assistance from fraud agents.
Target has created a specific website where customers can go to find out more information about the program, and sign up. For more information, visit creditmonitoring.target.com
We’re providing all guests who shopped in our U.S. stores with 1 year of free credit monitoring & more. Get started: http://t.co/gW3VLlcTv1
— Target (@Target) January 13, 2014
"We truly value our relationship with you, our guests, and know this incident had a significant impact on you. We are sorry. We remain focused on addressing your questions and concerns," Target said in a message to their valued customers. The message went on to address some of the concerns that they have seen from many of their customers:
• You have zero liability for any charges that you didn’t make.
• No action is required by you unless you see charges you didn’t make.
• Because we value you as our guest and your trust is important to us, Target is offering one year of free credit monitoring to all guests who shopped U.S. stores. Visit creditmonitoring.target.com to request an activation code. View our FAQ on credit monitoring here.
• Your social security number was not compromised.
• Be wary of call or email scams that may appear to offer protection but are really trying to get personal information from you.
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