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Target is offering free credit report monitoring services to those customers affected by the credit and debit card security breach, according to a Dec. 22 Mississippi Business Journal report. The services will apply to those cardholders’ who used their cards in Target stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15.

The Examiner reported that Target offered a 10% discount for all shoppers at its store last weekend. The security breach, which affected over 40 million Target customers, involving hackers gaining access to cardholders’ names, card numbers, as well as expiration dates.

CEO Gregg Steinhafel said in a letter to cardholders Target will offer free credit monitoring services for everyone affected during this holiday season. “We recognize this has been confusing and disruptive during an already busy holiday season,” Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel said in a statement Friday. “Our guests' trust is our top priority at Target and we are committed to making this right.”

To ease the minds of the 40 million customers affected by this breach, Steinhafel noted in his message that the issue of unauthorized access to payment card data at their U.S. stores “has been identified and eliminated,” and emphasized that not all customers who shopped between Black Friday and last week are victims of fraud.

“Most importantly, we want to reassure guests that they will not be held financially responsible for any credit and debit card fraud. And to provide guests with extra assurance, we will be offering free credit monitoring services. We will be in touch with those impacted by this issue soon on how and where to access the service.”

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