Target’s data breach was uglier than first reported, they got Debit Card, Credit Card and personal info such as Name, address and Emails.. to help protect you now against the fraud that will come from that they are offering all their customers free Credit Monitoring, the email below contains the links, bolding/highlighting mine.
As you may have heard or read, Target learned in mid-December that criminals forced their way into our systems and took guest information, including debit and credit card data. Late last week, as part of our ongoing investigation, we learned that additional information, including name, mailing address, phone number or email address, was also taken. I am writing to make you aware that your name, mailing address, phone number or email address may have been taken during the intrusion. I am truly sorry this incident occurred and sincerely regret any inconvenience it may cause you. Because we value you as a guest and your trust is important to us, Target is offering one year of free credit monitoring to all Target guests who shopped in U.S. stores, through Experian’s® ProtectMyID® product which includes identity theft insurance where available. To receive your unique activation code for this service, please go to
and register before April 23, 2014. Activation codes must be redeemed by April 30, 2014.
In addition, to guard against possible scams, always be cautious about sharing personal information, such as Social Security numbers, passwords, user IDs and financial account information. Here are some tips that will help protect you:
- Never share information with anyone over the phone, email or text, even if they claim to be someone you know or do business with. Instead, ask for a call-back number.
- Delete texts immediately from numbers or names you don’t recognize.
- Be wary of emails that ask for money or send you to suspicious websites. Don’t click links within emails you don’t recognize.
Target’s email communication regarding this incident will never ask you to provide personal or sensitive information.
On the brighter side!
Crappy news, but this does provide a little peace of mind, and if that wasn’t good enough, there is a (possibly targeted) $10 off $25 purchase at Groupon today – and $10 off $30 if you are a new user
Don’t forget that Groupon offers very generous cash/points back through many portals too, so take a minute to click through uPromise for 5% cash back or American Airlines for 3 AA miles per dollar spent for extra stackable goodness.