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Dan Kildee, customers want answers after Target data breach

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(01/14/14) - Target is now offering free credit monitoring from Experian, including identity theft insurance to regain people's trust.

This comes after the company announced that 70 to 110 million customers had their personal information stolen last month. That's more than they thought.

Congressman Dan Kildee is also asking for answers, and so are customers.

ABC12 News spoke with one customer Tuesday night who recently found out that she's affected by this.

That woman tells ABC12 News that she got rid of her credit card and only pays with cash now.

"I cut my card up with Target. I don't even use the charge card anymore, It's really made me really nervous," said Deborah Wilding, a Target customer.

Wilding is among millions of Americans who shopped at Target over the holidays.

Target learned that criminals forced their way into the company's system and took guest information, including debit and credit card data.

They also learned that additional information was taken such as names, phone numbers, mailing and emailing addresses.

Deborah says she still has a lot of questions about what happened and what this means for her financial information.

"Very frustrating because you just don't know. What does that mean, how long do you have to worry about this," she said.

Congressman Dan Kildee is trying to get some of those answers that customers have by having a hearing.

He, along with other Financial Services Committee members, wrote a letter to the chairman of The Financial Services Committee requesting a hearing in the future.

"That hearing would be one where we call witnesses, the representatives from Target, from the banks, who were involved. From any of the organizations just to bring to light any of the relative facts that we can then act upon," he said.

Financial advisers say the best way to protect yourself is to be proactive.

"Usually that involves pulling the credit report. Getting credit monitoring. Establish something, for example, lifelock system that is available out there that allows people to monitor their credit," said Robert Taylor with Taylor and Morgan.

Experts say you can run into a lot of problems if your credit isn't monitored.

Kildee says situations like this puts our economy at risk.

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