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Kentuckiana Target shoppers react to breach of credit card information

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- With seven Target stores in Louisville alone, shoppers in the Bluegrass are on alert after learning that hackers gained access to millions of credit card accounts.

The parking lot of the Target on Westport Road was packed Thursday -- the same day news of a massive security breach was made public.

The Grinch made a stop at Target stores nationwide, but he couldn't quite steal Christmas, as shoppers in Louisville say they're spooked but not enough to keep them from shopping.

"I shop at Target all the time," said Mary Sutter, a Target shopper.

Even after an extensive theft of customers' credit and debit card information, shoppers in Louisville say they'll continue to shop, but with a little extra caution.

"Knowing this, I will definitely hesitate to use a credit card," Sutter said. "I'll probably just use cash."

Reanna Smith Hamblin with the Better Business Bureau says if you shopped at Target between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15, check your accounts immediately. If you notice any funny charges, contact your bank and order a new card.

"In the end, it's your responsibility to make sure your money is going to the right places," Hamblin said.

And she emphasizes, it can happen anywhere: online or in the store. Some shoppers even expect it.

"We've had it happen in the past, so it's definitely on my mind," said Sarah Wilcox, a shopper. "I think it's just part of the culture today. Unfortunately, it's the risks we have when we use credit cards."

If you shopped at Target in the last few weeks and you want to be extra cautious, the Better Business Bureau suggests that you cancel your card altogether and order a new one.

Another tip is to contact one of the three federally approved -- and free -- credit rating agencies, and have a fraud alert set up.

Shoppers who suspect fraudulent charges should also call Target at 866-852-8680.

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