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Problems continue: Security Breach at Target

Rochester, N.Y. The security breach at Target may be more widespread than originally thought.

Swiping a debit card was all it took for Bill Abrams to become a victim.

The morning of New Years Eve we got a fraud alert from our bank that they had seen a purchase in Florida.

It was a purchase for $80 at a Winn-Dixie, but Bill Abrams was in Rochester at the time.

We said no, it's not a valid transaction - realized that this card had been used at Target and that was most likely the source of it, said Abrams.

Since the security breach at target many people have been concerned they would find themselves in Abrams shoes.

We've been getting a lot of concerned calls from clients wondering if they should cancel out their bank cards should they monitor it, if they should be affective, said Destiney Fraguada, Supervisor of Counseling at Consumer Credit Counseling of Rochester.

Keeping receipts and monitoring your statements are ways to keep track of any suspicious activity. But there is a way to avoid all this. 

The best thing they can do is use cash, said Fraguada. Debit cards and credit cards, when you're using them at a store you're basically opening yourself up to some identity theft.

The possibility of identity theft now concerns Abrams.

Especially since Target sent out an email that indicates names, mailing addresses, phone numbers and email addresses were also taken.

That's now something I have to live with for the next couple of years, said Abrams, the possibility that someone could attempt that and credit monitoring will only help alert you to something that's happening it won't prevent it.

 
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