As if 40 million wasn't a big enough number, Target is now saying that the information from a total of 110 million customers was stolen in last month's security breach.
KENNEWICK, WA - As if 40 million wasn't a big enough number, Target is now saying that the information from a total of 110 million customers was stolen in last month's security breach.
The Target data breach is now one of the largest information heists of all time. Locally, URM stores, which include both Yoke's Fresh Market and Rosauers, had the same issue not too long ago, as well.
For customer's out spending money it's getting a little frustrating.
"You almost feel violated in a way. Because you're like, my credit card information is out there. somebody may have my PIN number too. Like, how did this all happen," said Nikki Gray. Her account information was stolen after she bought a TV from Target on the Monday following Black Friday.
Unfortunately, even the experts aren't really sure why this is happening so often.
"Fraudsters are criminals of opportunity and they look for any opportunity to find exposed information and use it," said Gesa Credit Union's VP of Marketing, Brian Griffith.
Investigators looking into the Target breach just found out that another 70 million customer's names, phone numbers and mailing or email addresses could be in the hands of criminals right now. That brings the total number of people affected at Target alone to 110 million.
"It's an overwhelming number and we, just like every other financial institution in the country, we're working to protect our members," said Griffith.
Gesa Credit Union has a system that analyzes member's spending and a team of people to help you if you're 'targeted.'
"Take advantage of your financial institution's online banking and mobile banking systems. Vigilantly watch your transactions. Don't wait for your statement to come at the end of the month. Catch it when the transaction happens," said Griffith.
For shoppers like Nikki Gray, though, cold hard cash may replace plastic for now.
"I feel like cash would be a lot better of an option for me to use, just so that way my debit card information won't get taken again," said Gray.
Gesa's also partnered with VISA and created an app that they're recommending their members download. It's called Gesa Alerts and it sends a text or email immediately after something's bought on their card.