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Target payment breach may affect millions

Target announced today that customer payment card data has been accessed and may impact guests who made credit or debit card purchases at Target stores from November 27 to December 15, 2013.

Management at the Alexandria Target store declined comment Thursday morning and referred the Echo Press to the company's corporate communications department.

In an online statement, Target officials noted: "Your trust is a top priority for Target, and we deeply regret the inconvenience this may cause. The privacy and protection of our guests’ information is a matter we take very seriously and we have worked swiftly to resolve the incident."

In the meantime, as they use a third-party forensics firm to conduct a thorough investigation of the incident, Target is directing customers to remain vigilant for incidents of fraud and identity theft by regularly reviewing account statements and monitoring free credit reports.  If you discover any suspicious or unusual activity on your accounts or suspect fraud, be sure to report it immediately to your financial institutions.  In addition, you may contact the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) or law enforcement to report incidents of identity theft or to learn about steps you can take to protect yourself from identity theft.  To learn more, you can go to the FTC’s Web site, at, or call the FTC, at (877) IDTHEFT (438-4338) or write to Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Response Center, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20580.

For a detailed explanation of the incident, visit

Amy Chaffins

Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota.

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