Tips On Protecting Financial Information

By: Attorney General Pam Bondi's Office; Lanetra Bennett Email
By: Attorney General Pam Bondi's Office; Lanetra Bennett Email

By: Lanetra Bennett
December 20, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Investigators are still trying to get to the bottom of the recent hacker attack impacting Target customers.

Authorities say data was stolen from up to 40 million credit and debit card users who shopped at the store.

Tallahassee resident Stephanie Mills says hearing about the cyber data breach at Target Stores, made her think twice when swiping her credit card at the store Friday.

She says, "I was like, is this safe to use? He said, yes. I'll just continue to monitor my statements and hopefully nothing will come of it."

Target Corp says hackers have stolen data from up to 40 million credit and debit cards of shoppers who visited its stores from the day before Thanksgiving to December 15th.

"It's nerve-wrecking, but, I think they have a handle on it." Says, Mills.

The National Check Fraud Center says to help protect your credit or debit cards, you should sign the back.

It says to never leave your cards unattended at work, because there are more credit card thefts in the workplace than in any other single location.

Don't leave your credit cards in your car, and don't write down your Personal Identification Number (PIN) -- memorize it.

Kelsie Pace says she tries to be extra careful when using her card in stores. She says, "I have been paying more attention to whose line I go in or watching them as they take my card. If they have a PIN pad out front, I'd rather just do it myself than hand it to them because ti skips that process of them seeing my card number. I try to cover my PIN from people who are standing near me."

Experts say report lost or stolen cards immediately, and always check your monthly statement.

For information on what to do if you think you're a victim of fraud, or for more tips to prevent credit card fraud, go to http://www.ckfraud.org/credit_card.html.

More information is also provided in the press release below.


News Release: Attorney General Pam Bondi's Office

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—In the wake of the widespread Target data breach, Attorney General Pam Bondi urges Floridians to be vigilant in monitoring their financial activity and provides tips on safeguarding themselves from financial crimes. Those who swiped debit or credit cards at Target stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15, 2013 should be especially cautious.
“During holiday season, the last thing you want to hear is that your personal financial information may have been compromised. I urge all Floridians who shopped at Target between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 to closely monitor their credit and banking statements for any unauthorized charges. These tips are intended to help consumers protect themselves from identity theft,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Consumers should follow these tips:


  • Closely monitor credit and banking activity to identify any potential unauthorized transactions. If such transactions are found, contact your financial institution immediately.

  • Keep all receipts so you can cross-reference them with your credit and banking statements.

  • To place a fraud alert on your credit report or to check your credit report, call one of the three credit bureaus:


    • Equifax – Phone: 1-800-525-6285

    • Experian – Phone: 1-888-397-3742

    • Transunion – Phone: 1-800-680-7289


  • If you suspect you are the victim of identity theft, call your local law enforcement agency.


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