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Target Hack Letter – I Believe it is Real

Yes, I shopped at Target during the worst time, the time when all customers using a credit card had their information taken by system hackers.


Yes. I used a credit card. I’ve been monitoring my account closely since, and am considering going ahead and changing out this card for another. It is annoying and inconvenient, but less inconvenient having my account compromised.


Today I received this letter from Target – the reason I think it is really from Target is because it doesn’t ask me to click anything and enter my important information:


Dear Target Guest,
As you may have heard or read, Target learned in mid-December that criminals forced their way into our systems and took guest information, including debit and credit card data. Late last week, as part of our ongoing investigation, we learned that additional information, including name, mailing address, phone number or email address, was also taken. I am writing to make you aware that your name, mailing address, phone number or email address may have been taken during the intrusion.


I am truly sorry this incident occurred and sincerely regret any inconvenience it may cause you. Because we value you as a guest and your trust is important to us, Target is offering one year of free credit monitoring to all Target guests who shopped in U.S. stores, through Experian’s® ProtectMyID® product which includes identity theft insurance where available. To receive your unique activation code for this service, please go to and register before April 23, 2014. Activation codes must be redeemed by April 30, 2014.


In addition, to guard against possible scams, always be cautious about sharing personal information, such as Social Security numbers, passwords, user IDs and financial account information. Here are some tips that will help protect you:


  • Never share information with anyone over the phone, email or text, even if they claim to be someone you know or do business with. Instead, ask for a call-back number.
  • Delete texts immediately from numbers or names you don’t recognize.
  • Be wary of emails that ask for money or send you to suspicious websites. Don’t click links within emails you don’t recognize.
Target’s email communication regarding this incident will never ask you to provide personal or sensitive information.


Thank you for your patience and loyalty to Target. You can find additional information and FAQs about this incident at our website. If you have further questions, you may call us at 866-852-8680.


Gregg Steinhafel
Chairman, President and CEO

January 16, 2014 - Posted by | Crime, Customer Service, Family Issues, Financial Issues, Florida, Living Conditions, Shopping, Social Issues, Technical Issue | ,


  1. I got it too. If it is a scam it is a really elaborate one but I believe it is real.

    Comment by momcatwa | January 16, 2014 | Reply

  2. I did as well – but also got an email from USAA last week saying that they are issuing new debit cards just to be safe.

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | January 17, 2014 | Reply

  3. It appears that it is real.

    I am joining less and less online and taking advantage of fewer “free” offers – everyone wants too much information, and the information makes us so vulnerable. I will probably change my credit card, although I have been monitoring and have seen nothing suspicious. The big problem is that if the information hacked includes all the information on the magnetic strip, the hackers probably have enough information to create false identities anyway, just with what they have.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 18, 2014 | Reply

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