Today, The Colorado Attorney General's Office weighed in on the Target data breach that occurred between November 27 and December 15, 2013. The Nation's Attorneys General have announced they will be launching an investigation in to the attack. In the meantime they are reminding consumers to vigilantly check their bank and credit card statements and bills for unusual activity.
The initial breach was estimated to have affected more than 40 million Target shoppers, capturing their names, addresses and all information about the card, including the encrypted pin. However subsequent days later Target increased that number to 70 million, with multiple news outlets reporting closer to 110 million.
The Colorado Attorney General warned that the compromise of consumer contact information would likely result in a rise of telemarketing fraud, phishing and other types of scams. They also advised consumers to be on high alert for unsolicited emails about their Target account.
As an added measure of protection The Colorado Attorney General is recommending consumers check their credit reports for suspicious activities. They suggest Colorado consumers sign up for the free credit monitoring service sponsored by Target, .creditmonitoring.target.com, before April 23, 2014.
On the same note, this week is the Federal Trade Commission’s Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week. It seems this is a great time, no matter if you are affected by this breach or not, to review your credit report and immediately report suspicious activities. If you have been a victim of identity theft the Colorado Attorney General offers an Identity Theft Repair Kit or visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website for more information.
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