Target Data Comprise Update
Target announced on its website this morning that certain guest information was also removed from their systems during the compromise time frame of November 27 through December 15, 2013.
This information included names, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses for up to 70 million individuals. Please note that this type of consumer data is not part of the cardholder data used in the card authorization process at the point of sale.
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Although this consumer data is not card related, we anticipate an increase in phishing scams. As you know, phishing refers to criminal activity that attempts to fraudulently obtain sensitive information, such as social security number, driver's license, credit card information, or bank account information. Sometimes a scam artist will first send a benign email and then follow that up with a phishing email that usually contains a malicious link. Cyber-criminals have typically used emails to launch this type of attack, but with the widespread use of social media networks and smartphones with internet access, the types of attacks are multiplying. We know that customer education is the first line of defense against these scams. Please do not respond to any email that directs you to update your personal information by dialing a telephone number or accessing a specific website. You should only use the customer service number that is on the back of your card or our main number (239) 472-6100.