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Published January 01, 2014, 03:26 PM

Target: gift cards not properly activated

An unidentified number of gift cards sold over the holidays at Target were not properly activated.

An unidentified number of gift cards sold over the holidays at Target were not properly activated.

Holders of Target gift cards can check the balance by following instructions on the back of the card. Customers can bring faulty cards to any Target service desk.

The problem comes less than two weeks after Target announced it was hit with a massive data security breach that affected about 40 million card holders.

In addition to the encrypted PINs, customer names, credit and debit card numbers, expiration dates and the embedded codes were stolen.

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