Local shoppers react to news of Target payment card breach

Local shoppers react to news of Target payment card breach

EL PASO, Texas - No doubt the holidays are a busy time of year for Target stores. After hearing the news about the payment card breach that compromised 40 million credit and debit card users at Target stores across the U.S., Denise Juarez said it won't change her shopping habits.

"They let us know about it. To be up front and honest and let people know so they can go and check their accounts," Juarez said Thursday afternoon.

Corporate released a statement apologizing to their guests for the inconvenience. Chairman, president and Chief Executive Officer Gregg Steinhafel said, "Target's first priority is preserving the trust of our guests and we have moved swiftly to address this issue, so guests can shop with confidence." The company is working with banks and authorities in an investigation into how it happened.

"We've done all our Christmas shopping mostly Target and online. I think I feel safer doing it online now," shopper Leandra Medley said.

Card numbers, expiration dates and even the three-digit security codes were stolen from customers who made purchases. Those who made orders online are safe.

If you feel you fell victim Target recommends checking your bank account activity for unauthorized charges, alerting your bank, call local authorities and report the incident to the Federal Trade Commission.

"It happens everywhere," Juarez added. "That's the kind of world we live in and that's why people need to be careful with how they protect their accounts.

Now that shoppers are checking their expenses twice this season, Target says the incident has been resolved and there's no need to worry about future purchases.

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