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Local shoppers on high alert after credit card compromise at Target

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - Target is the store many die-hard Tri-States shoppers just can't do without. And they drive hours just to shop there.   
Many of those shoppers could be victims of a security breach impacting some 40 million credit and debit cards.

"I know we had been there so I called my daughter and asked her what days we were in Springfield at Target," Karen Bottorff said. "We weren't there at that time, thank goodness, but it really did kind of scared me."

"I heard it this morning and so I went in today and used cash instead of swiping my card because of that reason," Krista Artman said.

Target says customers affected shopped at stores between November 27 and December 15. 

The stolen data includes customer names, credit and debit card numbers, card expiration dates and the three-digit security codes located on the backs of cards.

Ericka Snider of State Street Bank in Quincy said it's important for people to monitor their accounts carefully, especially when they're swiping their cards often during Christmas shopping.

"Mobile banking is also a big one when you are on the go," Snider said. "Mobile banking is handy. You can just look at your accounts and transactions as your shopping."

Snider said depending on the bank, it might contact you first if it thinks you may have been a victim. 

"You may want to call your bank and find out what their procedure is," Snider said. "Typically, if a card has been not necessarily compromised but could be or has the potential, we go ahead and shut it down just to be safe in the future."

 But even with the precautions, some shoppers are still a little leery.

"You know that's a great store," Bottorff said. "I love Target, but I'll probably think twice before using a credit card though."
If you see suspicious charges, you should report it to your credit card company and call Target at 866-852-8680. Cases of identity theft can also be reported to law enforcement or the Federal Trade Commission.

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