Attorney General Jon Bruning urges Nebraskans who shopped at Target to closely review their credit and debit card statements.
Target has disclosed that a data breach between November 27th and December 15th allowed thieves to steal financial information from the credit and debit card accounts of up to 40 million consumers.
Bruning says there is no count on how many Nebraskans might be affected, but he estimates it to be in the tens of thousands.
He says consumers do not need to panic, but should be cautious.
“We’re just urging people to keep an eye on your credit card,” Bruning tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “You don’t need to cancel it, but go look at it, keep an eye on it and make sure if you see any unauthorized charges. I mean the credit card companies are going to be liable for that, the banks, so you don’t need to cancel your card, but certainly, keep an eye on it.”
Bruning also advises consumers to go to the federal governmental website, annualcreditreport.com, and access their free credit report. The website provides one free credit report annually.
Bruning says the card companies will assume any liabilities stemming from the data breach.
“This is a good time for, I think, people just to remember you’ve got to keep an eye on your credit card statement. Go online or however you take a look at those and then go get your credit report at annualcreditreport.com.”
Bruning says it pays to monitor your financial statements and keep up-to-date on your credit report.
“I would just urge Nebraskans, this is a good time to vigilant and you should anyway,” Bruning says. “There are so many charges; extra stuff on people’s credit cards this time of year, because you’re shopping for the holidays. Make sure you’re keeping an eye on your credit card.”
Target has apologized and is offering a 10% discount to shoppers. Go to the Target website for details.
Kevin Thomas, KLIN, contributed to this report.