Idaho attorney general: Use Target's free credit monitoring offer

newsroom@idahostatesmanJanuary 13, 2014 

Target Corp. is offering free credit monitoring because of hackers who stole the credit card numbers of millions of Target shoppers. Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden is urging Idahoans who shopped at Target in November and December of 2013 to take advantage of the monitoring program, which will track customer purchases for one year and is designed to flag fraudulent purchases.

"Having credit information stolen can wreak havoc in your life," Wasden said. "Credit monitoring is one tool you can use to protect yourself."

In the first breach, which Target announced Dec. 13, hackers stole credit and debit card numbers, customer names and PINs of about 40 million customers. About a month later, Target announced that names, addresses, phone numbers or email addresses of up to 70 million customers were stolen in a second breach.

Wasden also said Target customers should change their PINs and passwords.

Customers can register for free credit monitoring at creditmonitoring.target.com.

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