Local shoppers get advice on dealing with Target breach

Local shoppers get advice on dealing with Target security breach

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"You really need to watch your credit card statements daily," said Good Morning Tennessee Financial Expert John Fawaz "You really need to watch your credit card statements daily," said Good Morning Tennessee Financial Expert John Fawaz
Fawaz said to print an identity theft affidavit and take it to the police department if you think you have been a victim. Fawaz said to print an identity theft affidavit and take it to the police department if you think you have been a victim.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Target confirms a major security breach is putting millions of its customers' debit and credit card information at risk.

Someone or something gained unauthorized access to an estimated 40 million customers credit and debit card accounts.

"You really need to watch your credit card statements daily," said Good Morning Tennessee Financial Expert John Fawaz. "Log online or your bank statements and just see if those charges, you did. Especially this time of year."

The breach happened during the busiest shopping weeks of the year, beginning the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and lasting all the way to this past Sunday.

Fawaz says a first step is to cancel any cards you may have used during that time. You may need to take further action if you spot suspicious activity on your account.

"What I would do is I would file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission," said Fawaz. "You print an identity theft affidavit and you take it to the police department and basically what they do is they put an extended fraud alert. Only go this step if you've already seen on your credit you are sure there's been fraud alerts." 

"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," said Gregg Steinhafel, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Target. "We take this matter very seriously and are working with law enforcement to bring those responsible to justice."

Customers at the North Knoxville Target say they're still nervous.

"Well, yeah it does scare me," said one customer.

"Today we need to buy a humidifier, but we have cash," added another shopper. "So I think we are safe today."

Target says this breach may have effected as many as 1,797 stores. It did not affect any of its online customers.

If you find that your account may have been breached, you should also contact Target at (866) 852-8680.

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