More than 40-million shoppers may have had their personal information compromised. Anyone who swiped their cards between November 27 - December 15 is a potential victim.
Experts suggest putting a freeze on your credit reports. It will protect 90% of a threat. Target says it's partnering with an outside forensics firm to investigate the incident.
Target is offering some tips on how to deal with a potential compromise. To see those, click here.
Local bank officials offer tips on protecting personal information:
- Closely monitor accounts for unauthorized charges.
- Report suspected fraud to your financial institution, the Federal Trade Commission at www.consumer.gov/idtheft or at (877) 438 - 4338 and the fraud units of the credit reporting agencies immediately.
- Never give out personal information in an email, and never over the phone unless you initiated the contact. Remember, your financial institution will never contact you and request your personal information.
- Protect PINs and passwords. Do not carry them in your wallet.
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