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Target: 40 million accounts may have been breached

By Crystal Price
EL PASO, Texas - Target officials confirm that information for about 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been stolen.

The Minneapolis-based company said the data was breached when consumers swiped their cards to make purchases at stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15.

"It's scary, it's really scary," said Maria Barreras, an Upper Valley resident. "I did shop during that time because nowadays you don't use cash ever."

The information stolen includes the shopper's name, card number, expiration date and the three digit security code.

"That is sometimes enough for a scammer to go in and get new credit card accounts opened in your name," said Margaret Perez, president of the Better Business Bureau.

The BBB warns shoppers to check their credit or bank statement for any suspicious purchases.

If your credit account has been compromised, the BBB said you should place a fraud alert on your account.

If your debit card account has been compromised, report the charges to your bank within 60 days and request a new card.

However, shoppers KFOX 14 talked to said they still plan to take their chances this holiday season.

"I'm still going to shop at Target," Barreras said. Im just going to be careful and make sure that I do check to make sure that my account is current."

Target officials said the company is working with a forensics firm to investigate exactly how this happened.



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