ALL Target’s Hit by MAJOR Credit-Card Breach
IF you have shopped in store at Target between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15, and used a debit or credit card, YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS!
Target CONFIRMED rumors that a data breach may have affected about 40 million credit- and debit-card accounts at all of their 1,797 stores in the United States!
Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel in a statement said, “”We take this matter very seriously and are working with law enforcement to bring those responsible to justice.”
The theft was national in scope and happened in stores, not online, and may have involved tampering with the machines customers use to swipe their cards when making purchases. The thieves gained access to data that is stored on the magnetic stripe on the back of the credit and debit cards.
When CBS News tried contacting Credit Card companies, An American Express spokeswoman said the company is aware of the incident and is putting fraud controls in place, but representatives for Visa and MasterCard declined to comment.
“The breach window is definitely expanding,” said one anti-fraud analyst at a top ten U.S. bank card issuer who asked to remain anonymous. “We can’t say for sure that all stores were impacted, but we do see customers all over the U.S. that were victimized.” Reported Krebsonsecurity.com
If you discover any suspicious or unusual activity on your accounts or suspect fraud, be sure to report it immediately to your financial institutions. In addition, you may contact the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) or law enforcement to report incidents of identity theft or to learn about steps you can take to protect yourself from identity theft. To learn more, you can go to the FTC’s Web site, at www.consumer.gov/idtheft, or call the FTC, at (877) IDTHEFT (438-4338) or write to Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Response Center, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20580.
Please folks, watch your Credit Card statements closely if you have shopped at Target during these times. Keep an eye out for any suspicious activities. I will be watching daily! I HIGHLY recommend Credit Sesame to Monitor your credit accounts for suspicious activities, I PERSONALLY have been using them for over 3 years. It is absolutely 100% FREE and you will NEVER pay anything! They have been featured on CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Today Show, and The New York Times!
Here is a Letter & Info. Target released on their website this Morning https://corporate.target.com/discover/article/Important-Notice-Unauthorized-access-to-payment-ca
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