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REDcard™ Benefits & Identity Safeguards

REDcard™ Benefits & Identity Safeguards

Target REDcard

identity protection guide

We want your Target shopping experience to be safe and secure, that’s why we are providing our REDcard holders with some tips so you know what you can expect when interacting with Target:

  • Target takes a proactive approach to fighting fraud and identity theft. If a transaction or REDcard (Target Mastercard, Target Credit Card or Target Debit Card) application looks suspicious, we may call you to verify that you have authorized the application or transaction.
  • For some online account changes or other changes to your REDcard account, you may be prompted to provide additional information about yourself, your account or your REDcard. This helps reduce the risk of fraud and the possibility of identity theft.
  • Target will never send you any emails that request personal information such as your password, REDcard information or PIN number. Target will never call or email you requesting your full social security number or PIN number. If you ever have a concern about an email or phone call you receive from Target, do not provide any information. Call Target Guest Relations at 1-800-440-0680 to verify that the information was sent to you by Target.

We also offer the following tips and information to help you protect yourself from identity theft or repair your credit if you’ve become a victim. This guide is not intended to be comprehensive, and the actual steps you take will depend on your circumstances. A comprehensive list of resources is included at the end of this guide.

what is identity theft?

Identity theft is the fastest-growing financial crime in the United States, with millions of victims to date. Identity theft occurs when someone wrongfully uses your personal information, such as names, Social Security number, or even your cell phone number to obtain credit, property and services.

An identify thief may obtain your information from a variety of sources:

  • email/Internet (identity theft rings posing as legitimate businesses)
  • bank statements
  • credit card statements
  • credit card receipts
  • checks
  • driver’s license
  • tax information
  • vehicle purchase documentation
  • mortgage records
  • employment records
  • health insurance/medical records
  • unshredded personal documents
  • unsecured Social Security number
  • unsecured PIN (personal identification number)
  • personal mailboxes (unsecured)/trash bins

what can you expect from Target?

Target card services takes a proactive approach to fighting fraud and identity theft. If a transaction or REDcard (Target Mastercard, Target Credit Card or Target Debit Card) application looks suspicious, we may call you to verify that you have authorized the application or transaction. You are not responsible for any charges or transactions on your REDcard that you did not authorize. We will work to quickly resolve any fraud situations you may have with your REDcard.

For some online account changes or other changes to your REDcard, you may be prompted to provide additional information about yourself, your account or your REDcard. This helps us ensure that we are talking to the right guest and reduces the risk of fraud and the possibility of identity theft.

Target will never send you any emails that request personal information such as your password, REDcard information or PIN number. Target will never call you and request your full social security number or PIN number. If you ever have a concern about an email or phone call you receive from Target, do not provide any information. Call Target Guest Relations at 1-800-440-0680 or email them at Guest.Relations@target.com to verify that the information was sent to you by Target.

Target card services is ready to assist you if someone has stolen your identity to fraudulently open and/or used your REDcard account. If you’ve experienced fraud in connection with a Target™ Mastercard®, Target Credit Card® or Target Debit Card™, call one of the following numbers to reach a guest services representative:

Target Mastercard: 1-800-424-6888

Target Credit Card: 1-800-659-2396

Target Debit Card: 1-888-729-7331

what can you do to protect yourself?

There are many free and easy steps that you can take to help protect yourself against credit fraud and identity theft.

1. examine your credit report once a year for any unauthorized accounts or account activity

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires each of the nationwide consumer reporting companies—Equifax, Experian and TransUnion—to provide you with a free copy of your credit report, at your request, once every 12 months. Go to https://www.annualcreditreport.com/cra/index.jsp to order a free copy of your credit report.

2. monitor billing statements of existing accounts for unusual or unauthorized activity

Keeping copies of your charge slips and comparing them to billing statement information will help you catch fraud quickly. If you ever see unauthorized activity on your Target™ Mastercard®, Target Credit Card™ or Target Debit Card™, you can reach us online at www.Target.com/myREDcard. or call one of the following numbers to reach a guest services representative:

Target Mastercard: 1-800-424-6888

Target Credit Card: 1-800-659-2396

Target Debit Card: 1-888-729-7331

3. protect personal information
  • Be cautious about giving out personal information over the Internet or telephone
  • Only give information to known or well-established websites or companies. Many people find that their information has been stolen after they respond to an email or phone call requesting personal information.
  • Before you give out any personal information, find out how it will be used and whether it will be shared.
  • Keep personal data in a safe place such as a locked cabinet, safe or safe deposit box.
  • Store personal records that you keep at work in a safe place.
  • Shred or destroy credit card slips, bank account data, loan information and other financial records before throwing them out.
  • Review your credit bureau report at least once a year for accuracy.
4. watch your mail

Look for additional evidence of fraudulent activity in your mail and credit card bills. Report any new evidence to the credit bureaus, affected companies and the police.

5. carry only the information you need

Storing personal information, such as a Social Security number, in your wallet or someplace easily accessible to others puts that information at risk. Carrying as few cards as possible minimizes the risk if your wallet is stolen. Also, never write personal information, such as an account number or driver’s license number, on the outside of an envelope.

where can you find more information?

Here are some other useful contacts regarding identity theft and online scams: Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

The FTC maintains an identity theft website that you may find helpful: www.consumer.gov/idtheft

1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338) OnGuard

Onguard provides helpful tips to protect against internet fraud, secure your computer and protect your personal information.

www.OnGuardOnline.gov

www.onguardonline.gov/stopthinkclick.html 3 major credit bureaus

Equifax www.equifax.com

Experian www.Experian.com

TransUnion www.transunion.com Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

This online video gives useful information on how to avoid online scams:

http://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/guard/index.html consumer information

A detailed look at fighting back against identity theft:

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/

REDcard™: Target Debit Card™, Target Credit Card™, and Target™ Mastercard®. Subject to application approval (Target Mastercard not available to new applicants). The REDcard credit cards (Target Credit Card and Target Mastercard) are issued by TD Bank USA, N.A. The REDcard debit card is issued by Target Corporation. Mastercard is a registered trademark of Mastercard International, Inc. Pat 7,562,048 and 8,117,118.


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