Local Reaction To Target's Security Breach

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Target shoppers are being encouraged to check their bank statements if they used their credit card at the store between November 27th and December 15th. Including the Target shoppers here in Bowling Green.

Today Target warned customers that their credit card information may have been stolen. 40 million customers and almost 2,000 Target stores are being affected by the massive security breach.

In a statement Target's CEO said, "Targets first priority is preserving the trust of our guests and we have moved swiftly to address this issue. We take this matter very seriously and we are working with law enforcement to bring those responsible to justice."

Here in Bowling Green those that have recently shopped at the local Target have become uneasy hearing this news.

"I was a little nervous, now it makes me want to check my account everyday, multiple times a day to make sure that nothing happens to me, since I did shop there," says Tara Hill.

American Bank and Trust here in Bowling Green has already received a list of over 400 people whose credit card information was compromised.

"These are folks that were at Target on or around Black Friday, I think actually there's a three week window, if they were there during that time, they may have been compromised. If they are for sure compromised and they are our customer we will be notifying them by phone," says Sonja Taylor Vice President Security and Fraud Officer at American Bank and Trust.

The bank spent their day working on helping customers who we're affected.

"We are actually calling our customers as we speak, those that are affected, we have a team and we are working diligently to get new cards to those customers as quick as we can," says Taylor.

And even if you don't bank with American Bank and Trust they are encouraging anyone whose shopped at Target recently to be cautious.

"Check your bank statement. Make sure that you don't have any fraud on your account. If you see anything that you don't recognize you need to call your bank immediately," says Taylor.

Taylor also encourages people to always have more than one form of payment in case something happens to your debit or credit card. Especially when you're traveling, so you don't get stranded.

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