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Target: 40 Million Credit Card Accounts Breached, Local Identity Theft Help

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Target is advising customers to "be vigilant" even if they haven't noticed suspicious activity on their credit card accounts. That's after a security breach that might have compromised some 40 million credit and debit card accounts. The discount chain says shoppers who swiped their cards at Target stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 may have had their data stolen, includes names, credit and debit card numbers, card expiration dates and the three-digit security codes located on the backs of cards.

Locally, the Better Business Bureau is compiling information about where you can go for help if you are a victim of identity theft. Just because you haven't noticed that your card has been compromised yet, does not mean it will not happen. There are some important steps you can take to keep your information secure. Place an initial fraud alert on your credit report if you notice anything suspicious. For a fee, you can also consider placing a freeze on your credit card. Of course, keep a close eye on your account for any indication of suspicious spending.

There are places you can turn for help if you become the victim of identity theft. You can reach the Identity Theft Unit at 1-800-282-0515 or contact Target.

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