Target Security Breach


Help for victims of the Target credit card security breach


What happened?

The credit card information of about 40 million target shoppers has been stolen.


Who is a likely victim?

Anyone who made purchases by swiping their cards at terminals in U.S. Target stores between November 27th and Dec 15th. This does not affect anyone who made online purchases.


What data was stolen?

Customer names, credit card numbers, card expiration dates and the 3 or 4 digit codes on the back of the cards


How did it happen?

It is believed to be an “inside job” but Targets security measures have obviously failed.


What you should do:


  1. Call the credit card company
  2. Login to your credit card account online and check your recent transactions to see if you notice any charges that were not made by you.
  3. Continue to monitor your credit card charges
  4. Report to all three credit agencies (EQuifax, Experiean and Transunion) and them to put a fraud alert on your credit file


If you have been a victim….


  1. Create an Identity Theft Report – To create one, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and print your Identity Theft Affidavit. You can call FTC at 877-438-4338 or visit
  2. Use Affadavit to file a police report and create your IDentity Theft Report
  3. Put a freeze, not just a fraud alert, on your credit report by notifying each of the credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion).
  4. Get your credit report from each of the three agencies and see whether other fraudulent transactions or accounts are listed. If so, take steps to correct the errors.

Have you been a victim? We would like to hear from you, please leave a comment below.


  1. Hello my name is Jessica Cooper I am a North Carolina resident that as no connection with New York and I found out tonight that I had been a victim. My account has two pending charges from a Target in Bronx, NY as of 2/12/2014 I have a feeling this person has been monitoring my account because after a large lump sum of money was deposited into my account that morning there were two charges made to my account only one minute apart!! One charge was for $1657.05 and the other as for $1104.70 this is one serious situation and whoever is behind this is very intelligent. I have since cancelled that visa card and frozen my account.

  2. I used my card at Target during the holidays in November but it was a week or two before the 27th date you have posted. I am dealing with my identity stolen as we speak.

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For victims of Target credit card security breach