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Target Becomes a Target for Fraud

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Target stores nationwide have become the target of a sweeping case of credit and debit card fraud. And as many as 40 million accounts have been compromised.

Basically if you used a credit or debit card at a Target store between November 27th and December 15th this year, you should watch your accounts for signs of charges that you didn't make.

"What likely happened," says Robert Siciliano with McAfee Online Security, "is that when the server responsible for talking to all of the credit card terminals in the Target stores was breached, bad guys were in there and saw the data on the cards and recorded it. And from there they can make charges to your credit card."

Local bankers say that fraud usually starts with small dollar amounts and they say that if you were a customer there you really should use online banking and check your accounts daily.

"If you see anything you don't recognize contact your bank or credit union immediately. That really is your best protection," says Steve Carrich with Heritage Bank of Nevada.

He also says you should make sure your contact information with your bank is up to date so that if they need to contact you they can. And he reminds everyone that while banks may ask you to confirm account numbers they will never ask you for a full account number, a PIN or a security code. And you should never give those out.

For further questions you can contact Target at (866) 852-8680.

And you can report suspected fraud at www.consumer.gov/idtheft

Written by Erin Breen

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