Target is offering a discount after a massive data breach left credit card information for close to 40 million shoppers vulnerable, but all customers can take advantage of the 10 percent off if they act quickly.
On Friday the company’s CEO, Gregg Steinhafel, apologized after the company suffered a breach of data that left information for close to 40 million shoppers in the hands of identity thieves. Steinhafel said the problem had already been identified and fixed, noting that not all who shopped at Target between Black Friday and last week actually fell victim to the breach.
Target said it appears the only debit and credit cars affected were those that cannot withdraw cash from an ATM or to shop online, and that cards with PIN numbers or three- of four-digit security codes were not part of the breach.
Regardless, the retail outlet has vowed that customers won’t be held responsible for anycharges that appear as a result of the data theft.
“We want to reassure guests that they will not be held financially responsible for any credit and debit card fraud,” Steinhafel said in his statement. “And to provide guests with extra assurance, we will be offering free credit monitoring services. We will be in touch with those impacted by this issue soon on how and where to access the service.”
Target said customers who see fraudulent charges show up can call the company at 1-866-852-8680, but due to large delays on customer service lines Target has offered a discount to all shoppers.
Customers can take advantage of the Target discount only on Saturday and Sunday, and online purchases do not qualify.
The Target discount only applies to a single item, so shoppers who have been looking to make a big purchase may want to do it on Sunday. The 10 percent discount applies to each guest rather than a party, so shoppers who have more than one big-ticket item in mind can bring a family member along.