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Target customers can sign up for free credit monitoring now


MADISON (WKOW) ---- Target announced last week that they would offer guests who shopped in their U.S. stores free credit monitoring for a year along with identity protection.

Sign-up begins today through ProtectMyID.

Customers have until April 23rd to request an activation code and then April 30th to register for the free monitoring.

Target customers will receive a complementary copy of their credit report, daily credit monitoring, identity theft insurance where available, and have access to personalized assistance from trained Fraud Resolution Agents that will continue after the year is up.

After the free 12 months, customers can choose to pay for the ProtectMyID service if they choose to.

Enrolling online is fast, secure, easy and accessible at any time.

Here's how to register:

1. Visit to request an activation code. Guests will be required to submit their name and an email address. After submitting their information, Target will email guests within 1-5 days with their unique activation code and directions for how to enroll in ProtectMyID. Guests should look for this email and check that it does not end up in a "junk" mailbox. Emails collected during this process will only be used for the purpose of sending an activation code for free credit monitoring.

2. After guests receive their activation code from Target, they may visit and use the code to start the enrollment process. It will be important to verify the code entered matches the notification received from Target. Also, guests must be sure to click the red "Click to Redeem Your Activation Code" button (or use the "ENTER" key).

3. Enroll in ProtectMyID. Guests will need to provide Experian with personal information such as name, address, date of birth and social security number. Experian asks for personal information so that identities can be verified during the registration process and future log-ins. This is strictly a security measure to ensure no one else, including Target, will have access to that information.

4. After completing these steps, guests are all set up, and can begin to take advantage of all the ProtectMyID features.

Guests who sign up for free credit monitoring should continue to monitor their accounts and report any unusual or suspicious activity to their bank. In addition, we'd like to remind guests to remain wary of consumer scams, including phishing and social engineering.


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