West Columbia, SC (WLTX) - On Friday, Target stores announced on top of the 40 million customers whose financial information was stolen, an additional 70 million customers had their personal information compromised during a data breach in December.
The news comes just weeks after many tried to keep their accounts safe by changing account numbers or canceling credit cards, but Mary Heichelbech Oliver said her bank did the work for her before knowledge of the breach became widespread. Previous Coverage:Target Confirms Data Stolen from 110 Million Customers
"The bank sent me a letter with a new card and informed me that my information might have been compromised through what was going on with Target," said Oliver.
Oliver had recently straightened out her credit from a previous fraudulent charge when she received the letter containing a new card and information.
"I don't blame Target for it, I don't hold resentment. I'm glad my bank's got my back on it and I just hope it all works out with it," said Oliver. "You're always going to have people hitting you up. Telemarketers, fraud and stuff like that. I try not to let it judge my regular lifestyle."
Other customers agree and say they won't let the new data affect their shopping destinations, but add it will change how they make purchases.
"Today I paid in gift cards and cash. I'm a little more hesitant in using my card when I do come here just in case I do skip something or something happens to happen," said Tabitha Wike, who never received confirmation that her information was compromised, but did shop at Target during the window when the breach took place.
Since the investigation began, Target has launched a website as a one-stop-shop for those affected, allowing them to look through frequently asked questions and sign up for a free year of credit monitoring. For tablet and mobile viewers, go to the following website:https://corporate.target.com/about/payment-card-issue