As the number of cards impacted by Target’s recent security breach rises, so does customer frustration.
Target has announced that the card data of approximately 110 million shoppers was compromised during the store’s recent security hack, including both account numbers, magnetic strip data, and pin numbers.
That’s more than two-times the 40 million shoppers target originally said were at risk, leaving many on edge about their finances.
Nicki McIntyre, a branch manager for BMO Harris, says even though it’s an inconvenience, you need to be proactive, if you think you may be at risk.
“The best thing to do if you think you’re at risk is to close that account on the credit card side or the debit card side, close that card down and get a new one,” said McIntyre. “It won’t affect your account number because that is separate, but what we can do is make sure you have checks on hand or enough cash out for the few days that it takes.”
Target has also released that hackers were able to get names, mailing addresses, and email addresses of customers.
If you shopped at Target, the Better Business Bureau says to expect fake phone calls and other communication from scammers and to never click on the links or give out your personal information.
Target is offering one year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to their customers. To enroll visit target.com/databreach.
High-end retailer Neiman Marcus has also revealed it fell victim to their own cyber security breach, but authorities are still not sure if the two hacks are connected.
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