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Date: January 13, 2014

Attorney General Encourages Target Customers to Consider Free Credit Monitoring Offer

(Boise) - Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says Idaho consumers should consider a free credit monitoring offer Target Corp. is now making available to all its customers.

The offer is the result of Target's recent data breach and includes one year of free credit monitoring beginning Jan. 13, 2014.

"Target has taken the extraordinary step to offer free credit monitoring to all of its customers, not just those affected by the breach. This is an opportunity Target customers may want to take advantage of, depending on individual circumstances," Wasden said. "Having credit information stolen can wreak havoc in your life.  Credit monitoring is one tool you can use to protect yourself."

Wasden also says consumers who have not done so should change their PINs and passwords.

Target first reported a data breach involving the payment card information of 40 million customers had been obtained by hackers in November and December 2013. The stolen information included credit and debit card data, customer names and PIN. Last week, Target revealed that hackers also stole a second batch of data that included names, mailing addresses, phone numbers or email addresses for up to 70 million people.

Consumers can register for free credit monitoring at Target's website provides answers to questions concerning the credit monitoring on their FAQ page.

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