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Bob Ferguson


Attorney General warns to be wary of scams to follow

SEATTLE — Target announced today that in addition to the payment card data breach which affected approximately 40 million shoppers, 70 million shoppers had other information taken such as names, mailing addresses, phone numbers and email addresses. The data breach occurred during the period of November to December 2013.

The company vowed that “guests will bear absolutely zero liability for charges they didn’t make.” Target also announced one year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to all customers who have ever shopped its U.S. stores and provided other tips.

Credit monitoring services help consumers keep tabs on their credit reports. The services track consumers’ credit reports and immediately send an alert if any changes or suspicious activities occur. The services typically cost $10 to $15 per month.

While Target hasn’t confirmed yet how the credit monitoring program will work, consumers can call 1.866.852.8680 for more information.

Beware of Target credit monitoring phishing scams to follow

The Washington State Attorney General’s Office (AGO) warns consumers to be on high alert for ‘phishing’ emails — emails that look like they originate from Target but are actually scams directed at obtaining personal information.

Phishing emails have already appeared offering ‘free’ Target gift cards and Target-related credit card monitoring. They typically mention ‘Target’ in an email that directs consumers to a website with the word ‘Target’ in its URL.

Do not give out personal information to someone who contacts you before going directly to Target’s website to confirm the presented information is correct.

The most up-to-date data breach information for consumers can be found on Target’s website here: https://corporate.target.com/about/payment-card-issue

There are also helpful frequently asked questions here: https://corporate.target.com/about/shopping-experience/payment-card-issue-FAQ.aspx#q6270  


The Office of the Attorney General is the chief legal office for the state of Washington with attorneys and staff in 27 divisions across the state providing legal services to roughly 200 state agencies, boards and commissions. Attorney General Bob Ferguson is working hard to protect consumers and seniors against fraud, keep our communities safe, protect our environment and stand up for our veterans. Visit www.atg.wa.gov to learn more.

•    Janelle Guthrie, Director of Communications, (360) 586-0725
•    Alison Dempsey-Hall, Deputy Communications Director, (206) 641-1335