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Salisbury University Professor Says Not to Take Target Breach Lightly

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SALISBURY, Md.-Hackers swiped far more information than originally thought in Target's massive data heist last month.

Now the number of people affected has potentially tripled. 

The retail giant said that personal information including phone numbers, emails and mailing addresses were stolen from as many as 70 million people. 

Back in December Target said that about 40 million other people's credit and debit cards may have been affected. While investigating the breach, they discovered the thefts of personal information. 

It affects people who shopped at the store at the peak of the holiday shopping season between November 27 and December 15.

Nirali Mehta who is a regular at the Target in Salisbury said that with the company's recent data breach, she's thinking twice about when and where she uses her plastic.

"Yes if I have to use my credit card then I will have to be very careful about that," Mehta said.

Mehta went on to say that the incident will probably make her pay closer attention to her finances.

"With credit problems you know, you always have to be a little concerned about your billing statements and you have to check everyday what's going on," she said.

WBOC also caught Charlie Balam coming out of the store. Balam said that unfortunately situations like this happen all the time, that's why he said, he's not bothered and will continue to shop at target. 

"It's something we all have to deal with," Balam said, "whether it's a Target card or a Visa, MasterCard or any other card, it's just a situation we have to deal with."

Salisbury University professor Tylor Claggett said that the breach is the price consumers pay for convenience.

Claggett added that this isn't something people should take lightly.

"We don't know how the people who compromised the cards will try to use the information they gathered," Claggett explained, "it may show up in their bank accounts, it may show up in other credit accounts."

WBOC spoke with the Maryland Crime Victim's Resource Center on Friday.

Here are a few tips the organization provided us, in case you happen to become a victim of identity theft:

-Check your credit report, which you can do for free.
-Report the theft to the Federal Trade Commission.
-Close out accounts that have been tampered with or opened fraudulently.

More helpful information can be found at this link: http://www.mdcrimevictims.org/victim-services/resources/identity-theft/

   

 

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