And the accounts of 40 million customers including Utah customers may have been compromised.
In the company’s website they said the following:
“We wanted to make you aware of unauthorized access to Target payment card data. The unauthorized access may impact guests who made credit or debit card purchases in our U.S. stores from Nov. 27 to Dec. 15, 2013. Your trust is a top priority for Target, and we deeply regret the inconvenience this may cause. The privacy and protection of our guests’ information is a matter we take very seriously and we have worked swiftly to resolve the incident.”
The compromise affects any credit card that a shopper swiped during the time period.
Target advises that customers monitor their accounts closely.
“You should remain vigilant for incidents of fraud and identity theft by regularly reviewing your account statements and monitoring free credit reports. If you discover any suspicious or unusual activity on your accounts or suspect fraud, be sure to report it immediately to your financial institutions.”
Target also recommends customers can contact the Federal Trade Commission or local police to report any incidents of identity theft.
To learn more you can visit the FTC’s website at www.consumer.gov/idtheft.
A customer can also monitor their financial activity through the nation’s credit reporting agency. Under federal law a person is entitled to a free copy of one’s credit report every 12 months. To get a free copy of your credit report visit www.AnnualCreditReport.com