Target says about 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been affected by a data breach. The chain said Thursday that the accounts may have been impacted between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15
According to the Wall Street Journal, the credit card breach affected stores across the country. Apparently the credit card readers were hacked somehow.
The Secret Service is now investigating the breach but an agency spokesperson would not discuss further details.
The Minneapolis company said it immediately told authorities and financial institutions once it became aware of the breach and that it is teaming with a third-party forensics firm to investigate the matter.
Target shopper Bridgette Powers says she was not surprised to hear about the breach because last year something similar happened to her.
"I still had my credit card, but someone also had charged on my credit card," she explained. "They had gone to League City and they charged quite a bit."
Customers should carefully check their credit card statements for any unusual or unauthorized activity. Target Corp. said that customers who made purchases at its U.S. stores during the impacted period and suspected unauthorized activity should call them at 866-852-8680.
Target has 1,797 U.S. stores and 124 in Canada.