Asbury Park Press: N.J. Urges Target Customers to Sign Up for Credit Monitoring

Posted by Marissa Anema Wednesday, January 15, 2014 10:32:00 AM

According to a recent Asbury Park Press article, the state’s top law enforcement officer has a little advice for Target customers in New Jersey: Sign up for the offer by Target, which was hit by a massive data breach last month, for a free year of credit monitoring.

“We strongly encourage all Target customers to take advantage of this offer, regardless of whether they have identified suspicious activity in their personal accounts,” acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said.

Personal information—including phone numbers, email and mailing addresses from as many as 70 million customers—was stolen before Christmas from Target’s systems. Last month, it also announced that hackers may have grabbed information from about 40 million debit and credit cards between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15.

Target is offering one year of free credit monitoring to all of its customers, not just those who were victims of the data breach.

Beginning this week, consumers can register for free credit monitoring at

It will be offered through Experian’s ProtectMyID. The service provides a copy of a credit report, daily credit monitoring, identity theft insurance and access to personalized assistance from a fraud resolution agent.

According to Target:

  • Consumers who shopped in Target stores may request an activation code by entering their name and email address at before April 23.
  • Consumers then will receive an email from Target within one to five days that will include the unique activation code and instructions on how to register the code with ProtectMyID.
  • Consumers will have until April 30 to register with ProtectMyID.
  • Emails collected during the process of creating activation codes will be used only for the purpose of sending an activation code to enroll in free credit monitoring.

Questions? Visit or to contact Target at 866-852-8680.


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