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Published December 19, 2013, 05:59 PM

Over Forty Million Target Shoppers may have had stolen personal information due to the breach

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Hackers may have stolen personal information of 40,000,000 Target shoppers, who visited the store from the day before Thanksgiving, to this past Sunday.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Hackers may have stolen personal information of 40,000,000 Target shoppers, who visited the store from the day before Thanksgiving, to this past Sunday.

It's being called the 2nd largest breach by a US retailer.

And it has some local shoppers wondering if their personal information has been hacked.

If you've waited til the last minute to Christmas shop, Target customers are lucky. Today the company announced a major data breach, compromising 40,000,000 credit and debit card accounts.

The nationwide hack didn't scare away shoppers in Fargo,

Angie Oelfke/Fargo Target Shopper: “Getting my last minute Christmas shopping done.”

But when they found out the news

Oelfke: “Wow.”

What do you think of that?

Oelfke: That's a huge issue and is very surprising given what a large company they are.

The breach began just two days before Black Friday, leaving a substantial black eye on holiday shopping, Customers who swiped Target's Red Card, or a major credit card at any US store between November 27th and December 15th may be exposed, but no signs of that here, yet.

Richard Solberg/Bell State Bank & Trust CEO: So far we've had no breaches. We watch closely. We monitor all of our accounts. We monitor our debit cards, our credit cards, and we've had no breaches because of the Target event.

Stolen information includes names, card numbers, expiration dates, even security codes.

Oelfke: “And a lot of people probably aren't watching their credit card statements as closely as they normally would, just because they know they're out there shopping.”

Solberg: “Just be cautious, check your statements.”

And if you do notice something suspicious after swiping, be sure to contact your credit card company, and your bank.

Solberg: “It is Christmas, and we feel sorry for Target that this has happened to them too.”

Target officials say they're still not sure how the breach happened and say it does not affect online purchases.

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