Target announced Thursday, December 19, 2013 that as many as 40 million of its customers who used their credit and debit cards to make in-store purchases between November 27 and December 15 may have been affected by a data breach. Compromised information in this suspected breach includes: cardholder's names, card numbers, expiration dates and three-digit security codes exposed.
When breaches like this take place merchants work with the national credit card companies to identify what information has been exposed to unauthorized parties. Once it has been determined whose information has been exposed, a list of the compromised cardholders is then shared with the affected financial institutions.
If you shopped at a Target store between November 27th through December 15th we recommend the following:
1. Monitor your account. It is always important, but in situations like this even more critical that you monitor your credit card and bank account activity FREQUENTLY – numerous times daily.
a. Report any questionable or suspicious activity to your credit card company or if a Guaranty Bank debit card, to us for further research
b. The number for Target Red Card clients to call is 866-852-8680
2. Update your information with us. Please be certain we have your most recent contact information (phone numbers, email address, and physical address) so we can get in touch with you if we happen to detect suspicious transactions or get notification your card has been compromised. You can do this simply by giving us a call at (319) 286-6200 or stopping by one of our offices.
3. Watch your mailbox. If your card information has been compromised and we are unable to reach you by phone, a notification letter with additional information will be sent.
4. Check www.Guaranty-Bank.com for the latest information. It will be posted as soon as we receive it.