If you shopped at Target this holiday season, there’s a chance you may get more than you purchased – namely, a headache from one of the largest breaches of consumer data ever.
On Thursday, the retailer revealed that the credit card information of 40 million customers who shopped at its U.S. stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 was compromised, resulting in customers’ names, card numbers, expiration dates, and short verifications codes (known as a card’s “CVV”) potentially falling into the hands of identity thieves. (At the moment, it appears that online purchases made during this time have not been affected by the breach.)
While Target investigates the matter and how it happened, it advised its customers to keep an eye on bank accounts and immediately report any suspected fraud to their bank. What else can you do if you’re worried you may be one of the 40 million affected? We spoke to experts to find out.