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Cancel cards if you feel at risk from Target breach

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A security breach at Target stores resulted in millions of shoppers' personal data being stolen. A security breach at Target stores resulted in millions of shoppers' personal data being stolen.
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With 40 million customers at risk, the Target security breach ranks among the largest in US corporate history. In fact, an anti-fraud analyst said they are seeing customers across the country who were victimized.

But what should you do if you think your card was compromised? If you are wondering if you should cancel your credit or debit card, the safest answer is yes. The black strip on the back of your card has almost everything a thief needs to run up charges on your account, and all that data was stolen in the breach.

Banks are closely monitoring people's accounts, but they suggest you monitor your own account too. Carefully check your statement for any suspicious charges and continue to keep an eye on your account. But if you have shopped at Target in the last three weeks, experts said the safest option is to just go ahead and get a new card.

While you can get your money back and stop unauthorized charges, fighting them can be a hassle.

"If you feel uncomfortable, absolutely cancel it. If you think you have been compromised, or there is even a chance you have, just go ahead and cancel it. You are better safe than sorry," said Cassy Patty of Rocket City Federal Credit Union.

Target recommends shoppers get a credit report from companies like Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. Concerned customers can also call the company's hotline for help. The number to call is 1-800-440-0680.

Officials said it is unlikely ATM PIN numbers were lifted in the breach because the key-input system in the card reader device is different to the card-swipe itself.

The Better Business Bureau is warning that some scammers may try to use this incident to create another scam to rip you off.

They said to beware of phone calls or emails claiming to be from Target suggesting your card is affected in the breach. Criminals may be trying to take advantage of you by pretending to offer to fix a problem with your card, and instead taking your info and your cash.

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