CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia's attorney general is cautioning residents that Target gift card offers through social media are scams.
In this scam, people are posing as Target offering fake gifts cards as a way to make up for the Target data breach, according to a news release from Patrick Morrisey's office.
Morrisey said nearly 70 million customers may have been affected by the December credit and debit card breach.
'This is (a) scam," Morrisey warned in the news release. "Target has not offered gift cards in response to this incident. Consumers also need to be wary of fake domain names pretending to (be) Target popping up."
To avoid possible scams, Morrisey recommended people to look for "sloppy language" or multiple exclamation marks on websites.
Morrisey also recommends people to look at the URL mimicking the well-known site and not to click on hyperlinks or open attachments in suspicious emails.
"It is important to remember to be extremely protective of your personal information," Morrisey said in the release. "If consumers receive communications or offers appearing to be from Target, they should call Target to confirm the communication is legitimate and report any instances of fraud to our office."
People who think they may have been victims of identity theft should call local law enforcement as well as the attorney general's consumer protection division at 800-368-8808.