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Target Stores: What to do if you think your data was stolen

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

Target Stores’ statement regarding the data breach recommends customers who shopped at their stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 do the following.

- You should remain vigilant for incidents of fraud and identity theft by regularly reviewing your account statements and monitoring free credit reports.

- Report suspicious or unusual activity on your accounts immediately to your financial institutions.

- Contact the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) or law enforcement to report incidents of identity theft or to learn about steps you can take to protect yourself from identity theft. To learn more, you can go to the FTC’s Web site, at www.consumer.gov/idtheft, or call the FTC, at (877) IDTHEFT (438-4338) or write to Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Response Center, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20580.

- If you discover information on your credit report arising from a fraudulent transaction, you should request that the credit reporting agency delete that information from your credit report file. In addition, under federal law, you are entitled to one free copy of your credit report every 12 months from each of the three nationwide credit reporting agencies. You may obtain a free copy of your credit report by going to www.AnnualCreditReport.com or by calling (877) 322-8228. You may contact the nationwide credit reporting agencies at:

Equifax (800) 525-6285 P.O. Box 740241 Atlanta, GA 30374-0241 www.equifax.com

Experian (888) 397-3742 P.O. Box 9532 Allen, TX 75013 www.experian.com

TransUnion (800) 680-7289 Fraud Victim Assistance Division P.O. Box 6790 Fullerton, CA 92834-6790 www.transunion.com.

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