Midlands woman frustrated with Target security breach

BLYTHEWOOD, SC (WIS) - Just out of the hospital after cardiac catheterization, Valencia Hammonds has been dealing not only with her own health, but a death in the family and the stress that sometimes comes with the holidays.

And now the Target thing.

The new credit and debit security breach that has already led Hammonds to cancel her bank card and put a security alert on her account.

"Not good," Hammonds said. "Because like I said I'm just getting out of the hospital and my anxiety level is not where it needs to be. And I'm thinking to myself, this is what has been going on."

It doesn't help Hammonds' peace of mind to know that she rarely shops at Target anyway.

In fact, just once in recent weeks on Nov. 29 when she bought some high-end headphones, then took them back when she found a better deal elsewhere.

But in the process she swiped her debit card twice.

She didn't know at the time, but the company's computers had been hacked two days earlier.

Hammonds said she has already gotten a suspicious phone call someone demanding more personal information.

She thinks it might be related to the Target hack.

"Because I was not having any issues," Hammonds said. "There was no compromise, no infiltration or anything with any of my financial accusations... or you know anything dealing with my finances until after that purchase at Target."

While it's unclear whether Hammonds' debit info has been compromised, the state Department of Consumer Affairs recommend shoppers who used plastic at Target recently need to keep their guard up.

"If you did and somebody has your information, they might not use it until some point in the future," said Marti Phillips with the SC Department of Consumer Affairs ID Theft Unit. "That's why it's important for consumers to be really vigilant about looking at their bank statements and looking at their billing statements for their credit cards and if they see any charge, act quickly."

Some credit or debit card holders who shopped at Target might want to consider whether they want to cancel their card and get a new one.

That's what the Hammonds did, but it then requires you to update any accounts where your card number is stored.

Experts suggest by the way you also sign up for fraud monitoring something a lot of South Carolinians have already done thanks to the DOR security breach.

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