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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

It's been just over a month since retail giant Target announced a mega data breach where up to 40 million shoppers' sensitive credit and debit card information was taken.

The company recently announced another level of how the breach impacts customers. On the company's website it states guest information, separate from the payment card data previously disclosed, was taken during the data breach.

But a new email going out to affected Target shoppers may have some confused and even suspicious of its contents.

"I thought it was weird because I knew everything that was going on with Target and I never thought that they would solicit you for more information," explained avid shopper Chris O Brien.

After reading the email, O Brien assumed it was a scam, so he called his local Target store.

"The store manager said it was probably a scam and didn't know that the company was sending out emails," added O Brien. He eventually called Target's Corporate Headquarters.

"They confirmed it is legit. That they did send them out," he said.

On Target's website there are links to a list of official emails being sent out to affected shoppers. On that list is the official email that warns shoppers that email addresses, phone number or home addresses may be in the hands of hackers.

Cyber security expert Gary Warner recommends taking action for those who did get the email.

"This would be a good time to change their email passwords to a strong password because criminals have tools called password crackers, that basically just sits there and guess passwords for people's accounts, " Warner explained.

He also recommends doing some research if you do receive a suspicious email much like O Brien did.

"Be alert for emails that may imitate Target and asks you to click on anything. Never click on anything in an email," Warner added.

He also recommends signing up for the free credit monitoring service Target is offering for one year. According to Target, they're making it available to all target shoppers in the United Sates.

For a link on how to sign up for the service, and where you can find copies of official Target documents visit: https://corporate.target.com/about/payment-card-issue.aspx

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