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NASHVILLE, TN (WJHL) - Attention Target shoppers

Tennessee's Attorney General urged all Tennessee residents who shop at the retailer to closely monitor their credit record after the company fell victim to a massive data breach.

On Wednesday,  Attorney General Bob Cooper said Tennesseans who shopped at Target should use one of several services regardless of whether they've noticed suspicious activity.

"Additionally, consumers should take the proactive steps of monitoring their bank account activity, and changing their PIN numbers and passwords," Attorney General Cooper said.  "My office will continue to work on behalf of Tennesseans to ensure they receive all protections under the law in the wake of this nationwide breach."

Target announced in December that data from 40 million customers had been stolen by hackers including credit and debit card data and PIN numbers.  Earlier this month, Target said hackers also stole names, mailing addresses, phone numbers and email addresses for up to 70 million people.

Target offered a year of free credit monitoring.   It's available to all customers.

To register, go to www.creditmonitoring.target.com .

Target provided the following information for consumers looking to take advantage of this program:

· Consumers who shopped in U.S. stores may request an activation code by entering their name and email address at creditmonitoring.target.com before April 23, 2014.

· Consumers will then receive an email from Target within 72 hours that will include the unique activation code and instructions on how to register the code with ProtectMyID.

· Consumers will have until April 30, 2014, to register their code with ProtectMyID.

· Emails collected during the process of creating activation codes will only be used for the purpose of sending an activation code to enroll in free credit monitoring.

Consumers with questions are encouraged to visit www.target.com/databreach or to contact Target directly at 866-852-8680.
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