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St. Petersburg, Florida -- Three days after the second largest security breach in U.S. history, Target is trying to assure shoppers it's safe to buy holidays gifts from its store.

Between November 27th and December 15th, about 40 million shoppers were subjected to credit card fraud. Criminals were able access to Target stores' customer's personal data.

In response, Target's CEO gave out a ten percent discount to all customers this weekend and said the company has fixed the problem. 

Most Tampa Bay shoppers 10 News talked with were not concerned with the security breach.

"I was not not going to shop at Target because of the credit card problem," said Scott Webb. "I used my credit card inside today (Saturday) and I know that is safer than a debit card because my provider watches for it and I watch my statements. I don't think they will lose any business from this scandal."

Webb was pleased with the ten percent incentive, too.

"I did not even know they gave me one until I looked at my receipt as I was walking out the door," said Webb. "It says right there, 'Target coupon I saved $15.97!'"

Other shoppers said they thought about paying in all cash, but it was too hard to go to the ATM first and then go shopping. 

"I just don't like carrying around that much cash anyway," said one shopper.

"It crossed my mind to go to the ATM first, but then I would have to know exactly how much I planned on spending and I am not sure yet," said shopper Stan Lasater.

The scamming does not end there though. Criminals are targeting Target shoppers who were targeted by the scam and are confused about how to fix it. They are sending emails that say how their website can help you -- you just have to click on the link and fill out your credit card information. These are fraudulent.

MarketWatch.com calls them phishing scams. They usually happen after a natural disaster when reputable companies say "Donate here," and then the "fake" companies also email you with "easy" ways to donate to the cause.

Here are some links to help those Target shoppers who were targeted by the scam:

https://corporate.target.com/discover/article/Important-Notice-Unauthorized-access-to-payment-ca?intc=importantguestinfo

http://www.target.com/HelpContent?help=/sites/html/TargetOnline/help/promotions_sweepstakes_and_discounts/promotions/promotions.html&ref=sr_shorturl_10percent

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/are-you-a-target-of-the-credit-card-breach-2013-12-19

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