Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is providing Rhode Islanders with tips to protect themselves from unauthorized purchases after over 40 million Americans who shopped at Target had their credit card information compromised.
According to Target, individuals who made purchases at their U.S. stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 may have had their information breach included their name, credit card number, card's expiration date and the CVV security code.
"This data breach could not have come at a worse time for consumers," said Kilmartin. "With Christmas right around the corner, consumers have enough to worry about without the concern their bank accounts are being drained or criminals are using their credit cards."
Kilmartin provided the following tips:
Check your debit and credit card accounts daily online. If you discover any suspicious or unusual activity on your accounts or suspect fraud, report it immediately to your financial institutions.
If you shopped at Target during the breach, consider adding a fraud alert to your credit report file to help protect your credit information. A fraud alert can make it more difficult for someone to get credit in your name because it tells creditors to follow certain procedures to protect you, but it also may delay your ability to obtain credit. You may place a fraud alert in your file by calling just one of the three nationwide credit reporting agencies listed below.
Under federal law, you are entitled to one free copy of your credit report every 12 months from each of the three nationwide credit reporting agencies. You may obtain a free copy of your credit report by going to www.annualcreditreport.com or by calling (877) 322-8228.