Target's massive data breach exposes 40 million card accounts

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A massive data breach at Target has left 40 million credit, and debit card accounts exposed, according to a statement from the company Thursday morning. If you swiped your card in-store at a Target location between November 27 and December 15, you're affected.

The stolen data includes customer names, credit and debit card numbers, card expiration dates and the three-digit code located on the backs of cards. If you shopped during that period, you need to check your account. If you see anything unusual, contact Target at 866-852-8680 or visit Target's website

If you do discover suspicious or unusual activity on your accounts or suspect fraud, Target says to report it immediately to your financial institutions. You can also contact the Federal Trade Commission at 877-438-4338, or by visiting

Still, Target had a steady stream of shoppers on Wednesday, none of whom seemed to blame the company. "I feel like sadly, this is more just a sign of the times rather than a huge fault of Target," said shopper Larissa Allison. The thought seems to be that identity security protection could be much better on a national level. "I feel like it's more of an ongoing problem that is emerging these days, and there needs to be higher security protection put into place," Allison continued.

Target has been contacted, but is yet to respond to inquiries of whether customers who shopped in-store during the above date should cancel their credit or debit cards.

If you shopped online during November 27 thru December 15, you don't need to worry because the breach did not affect online consumers, only in-store.

At this point, it is unknown exactly how hackers were able to access the system. Target advises everyone possibly affected to keep a close watch on bank statements and monitor credit scores.

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