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40 million Target accounts potentially hacked for card info

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -

Target announced Thursday that up to 40 million customers may have had their credit or debit card information hacked.

Anyone who used a credit or debit card at a U.S. Target store from the day before Thanksgiving through last Sunday is at risk. Online purchases weren't affected.

The only way to know if you're a potential victim is to catch fraudulent charges on your account. Hackers possibly stole customer names, credit and debit card numbers, expiration dates, and security numbers.

"In three weeks, I've probably went there eight to ten times," said Elaine Spangler.

Each time, Spangler says she swiped plastic. She took immediate action by canceling two of her credit cards.

"Cut the cards off not take a hit on my checking account because it's the holidays. I can't afford that," rationalized Spangler.

The retail chain is urging everyone to continue to check their statements carefully. Target promotes its own credit cards offering five percent cash back. However, as it turns out, there's not full protection.

"I'm going to notify my bank. They can keep an eye out for any suspicious charges," said Allyn Hood, a Target shopper.

Target wouldn't get specific on just how the payment information was stolen, but says the problem has been rectified.

"It's something that you're always going to have to consciously know, that this could happen. whether this is a mom and pop store or [Target]," continued Hood.

"Had I known [of the security breach] I might not have shopped here today, but I'm just finding it out now so I'm concerned," said Marissa Rapone, another Target shopper.

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