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Nevadans who shopped at Target between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 have been warned to keep a close eye on their statements by Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto.
“Nevadans need to be vigilant and monitor their credit and debit card statements closely, especially Target shoppers who visited the store this holiday season,” said Masto.
Masto has been in contact with legal counsel for Target to review the circumstances of the breach and the steps the company is taking to address it.
According to a Target statement, credit and debit card information for approximately 40 million consumers may have been compromised between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15.
Target has determined that the breach involves credit card and debit card information for purchases at its US retail stores only; online purchases were not affected.
Target reports that the compromised credit and debit card information included customer name, credit or debit card number, the card’s expiration date and CVV information.
However, Target also indicates that the three digit CVV2 codes on the back of cards were not affected, as well as PIN numbers for debit cards.
Masto urges anyone who shopped at Target during that time to monitor their bank accounts for unauthorized activity.
Other tips include:
■ Be wary of calls or email “phishing” scams related to the breach that may appear to offer protection but are really trying to get personal information form you such as your social security number.
■ Obtain a copy of your credit report and look for unauthorized activity in that report as well.
■ As a precautionary measure, consider placing a free fraud alert on your credit report by calling one of the three nationwide credit reporting agencies.
■ If you want a new account number for your credit or debit card, you may wish to request that from the financial institution that issued your card. Call the number on the back of your card.
If you shopped at Target between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 using a credit or debit card and note unauthorized activity, immediately contact the financial institution that issued your credit or debit card.
The phone number is located on the back of your credit or debit card (Target Red Card holders should call Target at 866-852-8680). Notifying your financial institution helps ensure you will not be responsible for any fraudulent charges. The fraud departments at these companies also monitor your account for suspicious activity, and may be in contact with you as well.