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A Security Breach at Target Could Compromise Your Finances

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Target shoppers may have been targeted by identity thefts. With nearly all of Target's 1800 retail stores affected, if you've shopped there over the past few weeks, you could be a victim.

As many as 40 million people who shopped at Target between Black Friday and December 15th may have had their credit or debit card information stolen. In what experts are calling a massive security breach, hackers lifted personal information from shoppers as they swiped their credit cards at thousands of Target store registers across the country.

Julie McCamley, from Embark Credit Union, explains that, "It isn't just Targets cards. It's if you used your card at Target. You used a card from another financial institution at Target that day."

The Secret Service is now investigating the incident, and the Target franchise is facing questions about how this happened and how long they have known. But for now, they are advising their customers to change pin numbers, and check their credit card statements for suspicious activity.

In this instance, consumers may have been better off shopping at Target online, where beefed up security is in place. But experts say the only way to totally avoid fraud is to do the old fashioned thing and use cash.

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