On Your Side Alert: Target emails, real or fake?

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - If you are a Target customer, you may be receiving emails claiming to be from the company. But are they legitimate? Now more than ever, it's a concern because of the recent data breach that put millions of customers credit card information in jeopardy.  We contacted Target to determine if the emails are legit.

Target confirms it is sending emails to customers but express you should use caution. On Target.com, the company says,"We are aware of some scams concerning phishing in the form of e-mails, text, fake websites and phone calls designed to steal personal information from our guests in the wake of the recent data breach. "

Target recommends if you get an email claiming to be from them, don't respond right away, do some research. They've created a special section on Target.com with all the emails they are sending to customers. There is also a section for frequently asked questions about the breach and other important information.

Here are some important tips to keep in mind when dealing with emails you think may be suspicious: Never provide personal information. A legitimate company will never ask for private information via email. Don't click links or call phone numbers in suspicious emails. Even if the email is real, if you have questions, go to the site directly and get a number from the site. Make sure you report it to the company or to the Anti-phishing Working Group. The email is reportphishing@apwg.org

Target says it is also working with partners , including Facebook and Twitter, to help shut down fraudulent websites and scams intended to exploit target guests. Already, target says it has worked to take down more than a dozen consumer scams.

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