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Many last-minute shoppers say they're using cash to be on the safe side

6:27 PM, Dec 23, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The last minute rush for Christmas gifts is on at malls across the country.  Many shoppers say they're leaving the plastic at home, and using cash. That's after the credit and debit card info of tens of millions of Target customers may have been hacked.

"It's too many and it should have not happened," said Lynn Duncan. She's a local shopper who's buying last minute gifts.

Duncan has fallen victim to identity theft before.  That's why when she heard about the breach, she made a change.

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"I am a little bit concerned, so I'm using cash today," she said.

Duncan's not alone. One other local shopper said he was at a Target when the store said card information may have been compromised. Now, he's not using his debit card for last minute buys.

Shoppers say paying with cash, or finding another way to pay is more inconvenient, but in the end, they feel much safer knowing their financial information is safe.

"Better safe than sorry," said one shopper.

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