W.Va. Attorney General Warns Shoppers Possibly Affected by Data Breach

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning consumers about a credit card and identity theft scam following Target's recent data breach.

Retailer Target said last week that data connected to about 40 million credit and debit card accounts was stolen between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15.

Morrisey says consumers who shopped at Target during this time should closely monitor their accounts and report fraudulent or suspicious purchases.

Consumers also may receive calls, texts, or emails from someone claiming to be from Target asking for Social Security numbers, credit card numbers and other personal information.

Morrisey says the best thing for consumers to do if they receive fraudulent communications from someone alleging to be affiliated with Target is to hang up and call Target to confirm the communication is legitimate.

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