Fairfield County Shoppers Warned To Check Target Credit, Debit Accounts

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Target has confirmed a security breach that could compromise credit card and debit card data of up to 40 million customers.

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Target has confirmed a data breach occurred that may have exposed credit and debit card data for about 40 million customers across the nation, including some in Fairfield County.

“We are only beginning to understand the implications of this massive, nationwide data breach and the impact it will have on Connecticut consumers,” said Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen.

“Today, I have sent a letter to Target requesting information on this breach, and we will be working to ensure that consumers receive all the protections to which they are entitled in the wake of this breach. In the meantime, consumers should take immediate steps to ensure their personal accounts are secure and report any suspicious or unauthorized activity immediately.”

State Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein told residents to check debit card transactions and credit card transactions online immediately.

“If you can change your pin numbers for your cards, do so now.  With so much shopping and spending going on this time of year, consumers should be extra vigilant. Keep all receipts, check them, and scrutinize your credit statements and bank statements when they arrive during December and January,” Rubensteinn said.

The breach may have an impact on customers who made credit or debit card purchases at a Target store between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15.

Target released a statement on Thursday, Dec. 19, stating that it was working with legal authorities and that the issue has been identified and resolved.

“Target’s first priority is preserving the trust of our guests and we have moved swiftly to address this issue, so guests can shop with confidence. We regret any inconvenience this may cause,” Gregg Steinhafel, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Target, said in a statement. “We take this matter very seriously and are working with law enforcement to bring those responsible to justice.”

Any customers with questions or concerns can contact Target at 866-852-8680.

For more information from Jepsen, check his website

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rickaroo:

What should be clarified in this, and other articles is WHAT type of card data was breached? Was it solely Target private label of cobranded cards (Target Mastercard, Target VISA) or, does it impact ANY card. For example, if I used my American Express or Bank of America Mastercard.

ClaudiaCT:

Sounds like it is ANY card you might have used there. They are basically asking you to watch the card for any activity to see if anyone is using and if you used a debit card, now the access to your PIN is available so to change the PIN. I don't shop at target but I know people who do and they are NOT going to watch for activity, they canceled the cards, whichever kind they used and are receiving new replacement cards. Not worth the worry.

Broad River:

No worth it at all. If you want to use a card get one of those you load up yourself. That way your loss is limited to what you put on the card minus what you spend and there is no personal information tied to the account. Having a credit card in good standing is important to your FICO, when a credit card company cancels a card and reissues a new card that history is not reflected and it make you look less desirable to potential lenders.

Broad River:

You bring up an excellent point. From whist I read it fears a possible breach of credit and Debit card holders of about 40 million people. So I think it's much broader then your hopes of just cobrands.

Broad River:

Cash is King !

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