Target will give 10% discount to customers after breach

(WJLA) - According to Reuters, Target is offering an apology and a store-wide sale following a large security breach.

Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel says the chain is offering customers a 10-percent discount{ } on Dec. 21 and 22. It's the company's way of trying to bring a little goodwill back to consumers after it was announced payment card information was hacked over the past few weeks.{ }

For 40 million Target shoppers, the Grinch came early this year – stealing personal credit and debit card information and likely selling it on the black market.

"Anyone who believes that they may have been victimized in any intrusion of this case should make immediate notification to the Secret Service," said Secret Service spokesperson, Ed Lowery.

The Secret Service – which traditionally handles financial crimes – and a private forensic team hired by Target are currently investigating, trying to figure out how such a widespread crime could have taken place at one of the largest retailers in the U.S.

Former FBI profiler Brad Garrett says these thieves are brazen:

“The cards have been used apparently at Target stores recently after the thefts -- which goes to show that they just don't care."

So what kind of fraudulent purchases should consumers be looking for?

Look for ones that are under $5 U.S. and under $10 U.S. -- in some
cases, around $1. These are usually indications that the criminals are testing the card to see if it's been blocked.

The breach may affect anyone who shopped at Target stores from the day before Thanksgiving until it was discovered this week.

Not everyone who used credit and debit cards were victims of the security breach, assured CEO Steinhafel. He says Target will also be offering monitoring services free of charge.