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South Philly Shoppers Still Wary of Using Credit Cards at Target Stores

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(Shoppers enter a Target store in South Philadelphia.  Photo by Michelle Durham)

(Shoppers enter a Target store in South Philadelphia. Photo by Michelle Durham)

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By Michelle Durham

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — At the height of the holiday shopping season, millions of Target shoppers are still digesting the news that their credit or debit card accounts may have been compromised by a massive data breach directed at in-store purchasers (see related story).

In a statement, Target officials revealed it could be as many as 40 milllion credit and debit cards used to make in-store purchases in  Target stores between November 27th and December 15th.

Today in South Philadelphia, Moné was out shopping at Target with her Aunt Gina, finishing their holiday shopping.

“We are  probably going to use cash,” she told KYW Newsradio this morning.  “Because that (data breach) is very crazy!  But that is going to be anywhere.  People are getting more sophisticated in their criminality, and if they want to get you, they are finding ways to get you.  So you are better off going back to the old cash days.”

Steve and Cordelia believe they are safe, but say they’ve been down this road before with another store.

“Actually, I had $75 show up on my credit card from JC Penney.com,” says Steve (at right in photo below.  “And it didn’t make a lot of sense to me because it was $75 even.  So I canceled my card immediately, because it was a fraudulant online purchase.”

 

(Cordelia and Steve, in the Target parking lot at Front and Mifflin Streets in South Philadelphia.   Credit: Michelle Durham)

(Cordelia and Steve, in the Target parking lot at Front and Mifflin Streets in South Philadelphia. Credit: Michelle Durham)

Target officials are asking everyone to double-check their credit card statements, and if there is any unauthorized activity to give them a call at 866-852-8680.

Target is just the latest victim of a security breach.   TJX, which runs TJ Maxx and Marshall’s, had a breach similar in size several years ago.

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