Many worried about security after breach in Target credit cards - KCTV5

Many worried about security after breach in credit cards used at Target

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Tens of millions of people are worried after credit card information was stolen from Target.

While the news that the scam potentially ripped off 40 million people nationwide didn't seem to stop people coming to the Mission, KS, Target Thursday, many of those who visited said they were using cash over credit cards. 

"Well I just thought I'll bring cash when I come," said Alex Craddock.

"As a matter of fact when I heard the news I knew I had to pay today in cash to make sure that I have no worries from now on," said Juan Rivas.

Target's public relations line was not operating Thursday, but in a written statement the company confirmed credit and debit card data was stolen between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15.

A potential 40 million customers could face checking account troubles.

"I figured that they've got protocol to take care of it and I'll trust them to do that," said shopper Melissa Griffin.

Target says it's working closely with law enforcement and banks, and has resolved the issue in stores. The Secret Service is now actively looking for the credit card thief responsible.

While the security breach hit credit and debit cards, it did not steal any information from online purchases.

Aprisen is a non-profit credit card counseling agency that's usually warning people of credit card fraud during holiday shopping. Jana Castanon with the agency said the Target scam is a wake-up call for consumers everywhere.

"Consumers need to be watching their statements diligently. And unfortunately during this time of year we are using our credit and debit cards more often. So it is more likely a charge can be slipped through and we don't even know it," she said.

While Target said the credit and debit card data was stolen between specific dates at U.S. stores, experts recommend that people don't cancel their accounts just yet.

"The inconvenience of not having that card on you for a lengthy period of time that it takes to replace it could be very inconvenient," Castanon said.

Instead they recommend that shoppers monitor their accounts at least every two to three days for any unusual charges or withdraws and call their bank immediately if they see any unusual activity.

"This potentially could be very damaging to banks and credit card companies," Castanon said.

She went on to explain, saying that people won't be at fault if they're a fraud victim and their banks should refund their lost money.

Most of the big banks in town couldn't talk to KCTV5 Thursday because they said they've been overwhelmed with customers calling in to get information. Many trying to log on to their Target credit card accounts found that the website had crashed throughout the day.

The company has set up an 800 number - 1-866-852-8680 - for customers who think they may be victims of the breach.

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