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How to get Target's free credit monitoring

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Target is offering free credit monitoring in the wake of a massive data breach Target is offering free credit monitoring in the wake of a massive data breach
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - Sandee Rains is very aware of what thieves can do if they get your financial information.

"I've been the victim of identity theft twice before the Target incident," she said.  Rains shopped there on black Friday and is worried thieves may have her information.

Target is sending customers an email explaining how to get the free credit monitoring.  It spells out the steps you need to go through to get the free credit monitoring the company is offering.  Customers will need to request an activation code and answer a few questions.

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8 On Your Side asked a credit expert if this kind of monitoring is worthwhile.

"It would be a smart thing to do because what they're offering is a free service that is going to be monitoring your account like 24 hours a day," said Linda Pichler from Clearpoint Credit Counseling Solutions. That kind of service usually comes with a monthly fee. 

She offered important advise for anybody with a credit card.

"So many people even don't check their statement on a monthly basis. It is so important that you're checking," Pichler said.

Sandee Rains knows very well the hassle identity theft can bring, because she teaches people how to manage credit. 

Link: Target offers free credit monitoring

"At least I can tell them that I've been down that road and it's nice to tell them what I've experienced and what you should and should not do," said Pichler.

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