How the scam works:
You receive a text message that claims
to be from your credit card company. It says your card has been
blocked in response to fraudulent activity following the
recent data breach. The message asks you to call a phone number
to verify your account information. Of course, the text message is
just a con to get you to share your card number and other info.
As usual, this scam has many forms. Scammers have been contacting
people through email, text messages and phone calls. In another
version, scammers call and claim to represent Target. They ask
consumers to "verify" their name, address, Social Security and other
information to supposedly check whether it was compromised in the
breach. Whatever the guise, the scammers are always after your
credit card number or other personal information.
How to spot this scam:
The best way to protect yourself is to identify the warning
Given the number of scams surrounding the data
breach, Target has posted all their official communications at
Target.com/paymentcardresponse. Check any emails or texts
you receive claiming to be from Target against the official
Don't believe what
you see. Scammers use technology to make emails and phone
calls appear to come from a reputable source. Just because it
looks credible does not mean it's safe.
Be wary of
unexpected emails that contain links or attachments. As
always, do not click on links or open the files in unfamiliar
Watch for bad grammar. Typo-filled
text messages and emails are usually a dead giveaway that it's
from a scammer, not a corporation.
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For more information:
For more advice on dealing with the data breach, read BBB's
suggestions for Target customers. Also, see
Target's website for updates and answers to common questions.
For more information about scams, see BBB
Note: Target is a BBB-accredited business.
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