Local family's credit card hacked after Target shopping trip

8:21 PM, Jan 10, 2014   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida - Target's massive cyber attack could now impact as many as 110 million customers. It's all part of last month's security breach that left the country's second largest retailer and many of its shoppers scrambling.

SEE ALSO: Target data breach rises to up to 110 million

Target says it has found that 110 million more shoppers may have had their names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses stolen. That's on top of the 40 million customers who had their names, pin numbers and credit and debit card information stolen.

Steve Overton a financial advisor in New Tampa says, "You used to think if you went into a department store or any retailer - you slide that card - you're okay. You're not okay."

SEE ALSO: Target customers can get free "ID" theft protection

Overton and his wife shop at Target and learned on New Year's Day after returning from a vacation that their credit card was hacked. 

He says, "Altogether it was over 3,000 dollars worth of charges."

Someone purchased merchandise at a Lowes Home Improvement store on an account that doubles as their debit account. 

"Actually it's quite inconvenient, Tammie. I mean we had to suddenly figure out- 'how are we going to pay our bills?'," Overton said.

Overton said he hasn't been back to shop at Target yet.

"Here's what we are doing. We're looking at our accounts every day now because the sooner you catch these things, the better because if you see a charge pending, the bank can stop it before it ever gets the money out of the account and that's a nice little help there," he added. 

Target's President and CEO says if your account was hacked you will not be held responsible. For the next three months, Target customers can enroll in free credit monitoring and identity theft protection. Again, it is free -protection that will last for an entire year. But Target customers can't enroll just yet. 

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