Target Stores Announce Debit and Credit Card Breach - UPDATED 01/16/2014

In December 2013, Target announced that it had experienced an information breach that may have compromised up to 40 million debit and credit card numbers. As part of our efforts to protect your account, TLFCU will contact you should we be notified that your card has been included in this compromise. If we have not contacted you, then we have not been notified that your account has been impacted.

As always, if you should notice any suspicious activity on your account, please notify us as soon as possible by calling 850-576-8134, option 2.

Although these compromises cannot always be anticipated, here are some good tips to help keep your account information as secure as possible:

  • Monitor your accounts closely, especially during the holiday season
  • Make sure you keep us informed when you move or change your phone number so you can be contacted in the event of a compromise
  • Be cautious when someone calls, texts, or emails you asking for account information - you can always hang up and call us directly!
  • Always get a receipt for your purchase and verify the items listed with those that you purchased
  • Make sure to use secure sites when shopping online

Click below to view the Visa Q&A document about this incident.

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UPDATE FROM 01/16/2014

As of January 16, TLFCU accounts have not suffered a loss due to fraud resulting from this compromise. We have proactively contacted all impacted members and reissued 175 new debit cards and 28 new credit cards before any fraudulent transactions had an opportunity to post. If TLFCU is notified of any additional cards or information that may have been included in the compromise, we will reach out to our members and preemptively reissue cards in order to protect you and your funds.

Below is a letter sent by Target on 01/16/2014 to impacted card holders:

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.