Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Schmidt: Target customers should watch out for ID theft

TOPEKA, KAN. – Kansas consumers who have shopped at Target should take advantage of free credit monitoring services and watch out for identity theft, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

In the wake of its massive data breach, Target has announced that it is offering a free year of credit monitoring for all consumers who have shopped at a U.S. Target store.

“All Kansans who have shopped at Target are encouraged to take advantage of this free service,” Schmidt said. “Paying close attention to accounts that may have been compromised in this data breach can help prevent fraud and identity theft. Consumers should also consider changing passwords and PIN numbers for any debit or credit card accounts they may have used at a Target store.”

Consumers can sign up for the free services online at through April 22. The service is being offered through Experian’s ProtectMyID, and includes a copy of the consumer’s credit report, daily credit monitoring, identity theft insurance and access to personal assistance.

Schmidt said his office is participating in a multi-state investigation of the Target data breach.

More information on preventing identity theft, requesting a security freeze for your credit report, and taking steps to protect yourself when your personal data has been compromised is available on the Attorney General’s consumer protection website,