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Target stores offer free credit monitoring after data breach

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DES MOINES (KWWL) - Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller urged Iowans on Tuesday to take advantage of a free credit monitoring program.

At a press conference, Miller said in the wake of a massive data breach, Target stores are rolling out a free year of credit monitoring for customers who shopped at any Target store between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15.

The announcement comes just days after officials with Target admitted hackers had access to personal information -- including names, mailing addresses, phone numbers and email addresses -- for about 70 million customers.

Store officials had originally believed hackers had access to approximately 40 million customers.

In a press release, Miller encouraged all Target customers to take advantage of the free monitoring, regardless of whether they've noticed anything suspicious with their accounts.

According to Miller, consumers should also change their personal identification numbers and passwords.

He also said retail customers should continue monitoring their credit reports for anything unusual.

Miller said Target customers can register for the free credit monitoring at https://creditmonitoring.target.com.

According to Miller, consumers who shopped in a Target store between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 can request an activation code to be enrolled in the program by submitting their name and email address at creditmonitoring.target.com before April 23.

He said consumers will then receive an email from Target within one to five days that will include an activation code and instructions on how to register with the credit monitoring program.

Miller encouraged anyone with questions to visit www.target.com/databreach or contact Target directly by calling 866-852-8680.

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