Beware of any e-mails claiming your credit score have changed. They may be coming from scammers trying to take advantage of the Target data breach.

An e-mail sent to Star Tribune reporters carried the subject line “FICO Protection - Your scores may have been changed as of JAN-09 2014.” The email then contains a link to an external site that does not contain FICO in the url.

FICO spokesperson Anthony Sprauve said the company did not send out these e-mails. 

“It’s clearly somebody who is trying to take advantage of the Target data breach," Sprauve said.

If consumers receive e-mails from FICO or any other credit monitoring service they should ignore any links contained in an e-mail and instead visit the website and log-in through their secure service.

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