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Target Store Customer Information Breach

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Credit and debit card information for 40 million Target customers could be at risk in one of the largest breaches of American consumer data ever. There are two Target locations here in Savannah and no way of knowing how many people in our area have been affected.

Target says the breach started on Black Friday, which of course is the busiest shopping day of the year. And it lasted three weeks until last Sunday, December 15th.

The data was captured from the magnetic stripes on the cards that customers swipe at the cash register. Target says all the information was compromised that would be needed to create a counterfeit card, such as names, card numbers and expiration dates.

The breach only affects customers who used their debit or credit cards in person. It does not affect anyone who shopped online.

Experts say the best thing you can do is one thing you may not want to hear: Cancel your card and get a new number.  Also, you should closely monitor your statements for unauthorized charges.  You can try using your debit card as a credit card to avoid entering your pin number. 

And check your credit score regularly. 

Concerned customers should call Target at 866-852-8680. 

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