Locals react to Target security breach during busy shopping season


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Locals react to Target security breach during busy shopping season

By Victoria Spilabotte. CREATED Dec 19, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The holiday shopping season is in full swing, but popular shop Target is the victim of a hack attack and so are its customers. 

"If you're not safe enough to shop at Target you're not going to feel comfortable shopping for Christmas," customer Henry Mitchell said while shopping at the store near Decatur and Meadows. 

Target has indicated about 40 million customers are at risk of having credit and debit card information stolen if they shopped at stores from November 27 through December 15. 

"I went right away and looked at my receipts to see if I had shopped during that time, which I hadn't so thank goodness," customer Char Wallis said. 

According to Target, thieves stole information right off the black strip on the back of cards including names, account numbers and security codes. 

"The reality is that all of that information probably hasn't been downloaded and hasn't been used yet," identity theft expert, Harry Jacobs with Credit Restoration of Nevada, said. "I think in the coming weeks and months there will be people who didn't realize that they're victims."

Target said more than 1700 stores nationwide could have been affected. There are about a dozen stores in the Las Vegas valley, but it's unclear if all those stores were breached. 

Still with this issue of identity theft, it's still not stopping customers from doing their holiday shopping although some are opting for another form of payment. 

"I'd rather pay cash if I'm going to have a possibility of getting the numbers stolen," shopper Sabrina Skipper said. 

Experts advise shoppers should check their credit card statements regularly for any fraudulent charges.