Scammers Continue to Target Customers

Targetbillboard.jpgThere have been numerous reports that West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey issued a warning to consumers on Monday, January 13, 204, about a Target gift card scam occurring throughout the country on social media websites. Evidently, consumers are purportedly offered a Target gift card to make up for the widely-reported December data breach. This is apparently a scam that directs consumers to fake domains pretending to be Target. Morrisey warns that "[c]onsumers also need to be wary of fake domain names pretending to be Target popping up." He further suggested that "[I]f consumers receive communications or offers appearing to be from Target, they should call Target to confirm the communication is legitimate and report any instances of fraud to our office."

Other Sources:  Legal Newsline, W. Va. AG warns of Target gift card scam (Jan. 15, 2014); Register Herald, AG warns Target gift card offer is a scam (Jan. 13, 2014); Charleston Daily Mail, Attorney General says Target gift card offers are scams (Jan. 13, 2014)

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