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    Target admits breach includes name, mailing address, phone number or email address


    Just when I thought it was safe to return to shopping at Target -- which I believe it is, because I surely bought a couple of cool Champion exercise pants there today using my webmastering and writing income -- now we are learning that the breach potentially includes more than credit card numbers.


    Gregg Steinhafel -- Chairman, President and CEO of Target -- has just sent the following email with the breaking news, along with ways to try and stem the flow of the backlash:


    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 creditmonitoring.target.com 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 Target.com/databreach website. If you have further questions, you may call us at 866-852-8680.

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