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TARGET BREACH: Beware suspicious emails

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Elyssa Kim is no stranger to online scammers trying to steal her personal information, and she's taking extra steps to ensure her safety as one of the 70 million people impacted by the Target data breach.

"I'll get the email saying hey your American Express card there's been some suspicious activity, but I don't have an American Express card," Kim said

Up to this point, she hasn't taken the bait, but as a victim of that target data breach, she's prepared to be bombarded with even more scams.

"It's not going to be convenient to have these emails and actually verify if they're true or not," she said.

Target confirmed Friday in addition to credit and debit card information, hackers stole mailing and email addresses, names and phone numbers, potentially impacting 70 million people. Dan Hendrickson with the Better Business Bureau says another wave of scammers are now trying to take advantage of the panic.

"These scammers are good at what they do, they will tell you what you want to hear, they will sound like experts, they will make it seem like they're your friend," Hendrickson said.

There's nothing new or original about the hacking attempts, but with so many email, text and telephone scams emerging after the data breach, Target created this web page dedicated to answering questions about fraud, asking customers to compare any messages they've received, to real ones before responding.

"It's very difficult for the average consumer to understand what is legitimate and what is not," Chad Boeckman with Secure Digital Solutions said. Boeckman suggested email users avoid unexpected emails that contain links or attachments and bad grammar along with typos – these factors can be dead giveaways that the email is not from a legitimate corporation.

"Banks won't legitimately email you to request information, or email you to change your password," he said.

That's the same policy at Target, a tip Kim says she's passing on to others.

"If you just do your due diligence and maybe call the corporate office and not completely rely on the email itself, I think you'll be safe," Kim said.

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