Bowling Green Woman Victim of Credit Card Fraud


"I thought that this was never going to happen to me and that it was just a faulty magnetic strip, and it wasn't, it was someone in New Jersey shopping on my credit card," said Laura of Bowling Green.
 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- News broke Thursday that Target's payment card data had been hacked.

About 40 million credit and debit cards may have been impacted between November 27th and December 15th.

"I thought that this was never going to happen to me and that it was just a faulty magnetic strip, and it wasn't, it was someone in New Jersey shopping on my credit card," said Laura of Bowling Green.

Shoppers have more on their minds than what's left on their Christmas lists after a national Target security breach had millions worried their credit and debit accounts could be hacked.

Several people in the area are among the victims.

"When I called my husband to tell him what was going on with our card, he told the people at work what was going on and they started checking and calling their credit companies and found out a couple people at his work also had been affected," said Laura.

Laura shopped at Target December 6th and says the hackers waited ten days before making charges.

She says hundreds of dollars of fraudulent purchases were denied as store clerks caught on.

"Two or three really small charges got through and it was less than ten dollars," Laura said.

She says she's thankful it wasn't worse and her credit company was quick to solve the problem.

One Target shopper Saturday says the news isn't keeping her from going to the store, but she's still watching her account.

"We did buy something on Black Friday at Target, so we were wondering about that. Not sure exactly what's going on, but we've been trying to watch our account and make sure nothing goes on with that," Brandie Thomas said.

As for Laura, she'll continue to shop with a credit card and even at Target.

"It could have happened at any retailer and I don't think anyone can fault one retailer for something that happened to them. They're a victim as well," Laura said.

She says the main inconvenience for her is having to rely on cash during the holidays until she gets her new card.

Target says none of its "guests" will be held liable for charges they did not actually make and are asked to contact the company if they believe they've been victims.

The store is offering a ten percent discount to shoppers this weekend.


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