Target customer warns others to be proactive in preventing fraud

Target customer warns others to be proactive in preventing fraud

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6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knoxville man who says a fraudulent charge was made to his debit card after making a purchase at Target on Black Friday now wants to warn others.

"I definitely kind of had the mentality, it will never happen to me," Todd Boren said.

Boren said Sun Trust Bank called him Tuesday morning to warn him about a suspicious charge made out of state.

"There had been a fraudulent charge up in New York somewhere, at a Toys "R" Us I believe they said, and of course I'm not up in New York. I'm in Knoxville," Boren said.

Boren said the charge was more than $300, but he said luckily his bank immediately identified the fraud.

Other customers have not been so fortunate.

ABC News reports that more than a dozen customers have filed lawsuits against Target claiming negligence for the breach that affected about 40 million credit and debit card accounts.

Target sent an apology to Red Card holders, assuring customers they won't be held responsible for fraudulent charges.

Target also said it will offer free credit monitoring for a year for customers affected by the breach.

"It's difficult to go through that type of thing,' Boren said. "It takes a while to get it all back in order."

Boren said he thought he was in the clear in the weeks following the data breach because he didn't see any immediate fraudulent charges. Now, he's advising others to do what he wishes he had done immediately after learning about the breach: cancel the current credit or debit card and order a new one.

"Weeks later it still can happen so you've got to be careful," Boren said. "Go ahead and get the new card. Save yourself the trouble up front."

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