N.J. Attorney General, Division of Consumer Affairs Urge Target Customers to Take Advantage of Free Credit Monitoring in Wake of Data Breach

attorney general njActing Attorney General John J. Hoffman and the New Jersey Division of  Consumer Affairs Tuesday urged all New Jersey residents who shop at Target stores  to take advantage of one year of free credit monitoring being offered by the  retail company in the wake of the massive data breach announced last month.

“We  strongly encourage all Target customers to take advantage of this offer,  regardless of whether they have identified suspicious activity in their  personal accounts,” Acting Attorney General Hoffman said. “In addition, any  Target customers who have not already done so should change their PIN numbers  and passwords as a proactive measure. We are working to ensure New Jersey  consumers receive all the tools they need to protect themselves against  identity theft.”

Target  is offering one year of free credit monitoring not only to those customers who  had information compromised in the data breach but to all Target customers. Beginning  this week, consumers can register for free credit monitoring at creditmonitoring.target.com.

The free credit monitoring will be offered through Experian’s ProtectMyID, and  the service provides a copy of a credit report, daily credit monitoring,  identity theft insurance (except where prohibited by law) and access to personalized  assistance from a fraud resolution agent.

Target  has provided the following information for consumers seeking to take advantage  of this program:

  • Consumers  who shopped in U.S. stores may request an activation code by entering their  name and email address at creditmonitoring.target.com before April 23, 2014.
  • Consumers  will then receive an email from Target within one to five days that will  include the unique activation code and instructions on how to register the code  with ProtectMyID.
  • Consumers  will have until April 30, 2014 to  register with ProtectMyID.
  • Emails  collected during the process of creating activation codes will only be used for  the purpose of sending an activation code to enroll in free credit monitoring.

Consumers  with questions are encouraged to visit target.com/databreach or to contact Target  directly at 866-852-8680.

The  Division of Consumer Affairs on December 31 issued a Consumer Alert regarding  the Target Database Breach, with information on steps consumers should take if  they were exposed to possible identity theft. The Consumer Alert can be found  at www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/alert/12312013alert.pdf.

Consumers  who believe they have been cheated or scammed by a business, or suspect any  other form of consumer abuse, can file a complaint with the State Division of  Consumer Affairs by visiting its website or by calling 1-800-242-5846 (toll free within New Jersey) or 973-504-6200. [TLS]

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