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What do you do if you have a Target card?

10:29 PM, Dec 19, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Black Friday shoppers who went to Target stores looking for a sale found more than a bargain.

Pamela Bunker is among the forty million customers whose credit and debit card accounts may have been compromised. Bunker was in the store between November 27 and December 15.

"You can see the dates at the top of these receipts," she said. "I was there."

Bunker, wife of a First Coast News employee, and now the victim of fraud.

"I called the bank this morning to verify my direct deposit had gone in," she said. 

It did but not for long, her Vystar account was drained by two unauthorized transactions.

"There was a withdrawal today for $522 and yesterday for $544 dollars and I'm not in London," she said.

She filed a fraud report with Vystar and an official complaint with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

"I feel like I've been robbed it wasn't at gunpoint but they still stole money from me," said Bunker, "It makes you feel very helpless."

Customer Marie Hess says she wants the chain to work with people who were impacted.

"I'm sure they're going to have to work with us because you can't blame us for someone stealing something," she said.

What can you do if you shopped at Target during those days? Paul Norse, General Manager of Security Center USA said check your account.

"Unfortunately I think we in a society we're moving more towards the plastic revolution," he said.

The more we rely on debit and credit cards, the more vulnerable we become; Norse says you have to be vigilant.

"Checking your bank account with mobile app are a good resource currently," said Norse. "If it is a debit transaction it is almost instantaneous."

If you're not using a smartphone app, check your card or bank statements regularly. If Bunker didn't check today, it may have been days before she found out her account was compromised.

"Maybe some people have a thousand dollars they can play with, I don't, not at Christmas," said Bunker. 

FIRST FOR YOU

- Check your account

- Report charge you don't recognize to the fraud department of your bank or credit card provider.

- Report it to the Federal Trade commission

- Continue to monitor your accounts,

- Check the information on your credit report

- For a free credit report call 1-877-322-8228.

Helpful links to check:

Federal Trade Commission

FTC Issues Final Commission Report on Protecting Consumer Privacy

FTC Are you affected by the recent Target hack?

First Coast News

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