Target offers one year free credit checking to customers

Published On: Jan 13 2014 10:56:55 PM HST
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HONOLULU -

The state is urging Hawaii residents who shopped at retailer Target to take advantage of the company’s one year of free credit monitoring.

The retailer is providing the offer to all of its customers after a data breach in November and December 2013. Target revealed that hackers had obtained the payment card information of 40 million of its customers.

The stolen information included credit and debit card data, customer names and PIN (personal identification data) numbers. Last week, Target revealed that hackers also stole a second batch of data that included names, mailing addresses, phone numbers or email addresses for up to 70 million people.

Office of Consumer Protection Executive Director Bruce Kim said, “The Office of Consumer Protection strongly recommends that all Target customers, regardless of whether they’ve identified suspicious activity in their personal accounts, take advantage of this offer."

To sign up for the free credit monitoring, click here.

The free credit monitoring will be offered through Experian's ProtectMyID, and the service provides a copy of a credit report, daily credit monitoring, identity theft insurance (except where prohibited by law) and access to personalized assistance from a fraud resolution agent.

OCP also recommends that consumers change their PIN numbers and passwords.

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