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Target notifications going out today

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If you are among the 70 million Target customers whose personal data was stolen, the store is likely to notify you today by e-mail.

Target has begun sending an e-mail alert to customers whose name, e-mail address, street address, and phone number were stolen last month. This breach comes on the heels of a separate intrusion in which the credit and debit card numbers of 40 million Target customers wound up on the black market.

"I am truly sorry this incident occurred and sincerely regret any inconvenience it may caused you," Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel wrote in the letter. "I am writing to make you aware that your name, mailing address, phone number or email address may have been taken during the intrusion."

Target says customers whose personal data was compromised are eligible to receive a year of free credit monitoring and, in some cases, identity theft insurance coverage. Interested customers are required to register online at creditmonitoring.target.com.

The deadline to opt-in is April 23, 2014, Target said in the letter.

In a nod to inevitable phishing schemes that will mimic Target's letters in hopes of stealing additional customer data, the store reminded customers that it does not solicit Social Security numbers and the like when it reaches out to its customers -- especially now.

"Target's email communication regarding this incident will never ask you to provide personal or sensitive information," the letter said.

Target said the intrusions into its systems remain under investigation. The store has not disclosed exactly what led to the massive data theft. But, in a full-page newspaper apology earlier this week, Target said malware was to blame.

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