Banks Dish Advice For Target Victims

Just the last weekend before Christmas, people across the nation will be making last minute purchases.

This, as banks are scrambling to help their customers after Target is hacked, and millions of people's credit card information has been stolen.

It's just a piece of plastic, but a credit or debit card carries a lot more weight in our everyday lives.

After the breech at Target earlier this week, many want to know if it's still safe to keep using those cards.

"I use my debit card for everything," says Keonna Washington, a Target customer.

Washington is just one of millions who use debit and credit cards every day.

However, for customers like Washington, who shopped at Target between November 27th and December 15th, many are afraid their accounts are in danger.

Washington isn't happy. "We work hard for our money. We want to get it protected. That's what we have a bank for. That's what we have security for," she says.

That sense of security was compromised earlier this week, when hackers somehow accessed millions of accounts of credit and debit cards used at Target stores across the country.

Since then, Target has notified credit card companies such as Visa and Master Card to watch for fraudulent charges.

They are also warning banks like First National Bank of Omaha that issues millions of credit and debit cards to consumers.

Stephen Eulie of First National Bank of Omaha says not to fear. "Don't worry. Continue using your card as you were before. If you have a debit card or credit card, continue using it at Target, continue using it wherever you want to shop for the holiday season," he says.

Eulie says that because he's confident First National's electronic data center can successfully track any unusual charges to an account. Even then, he says customers aren't responsible for any unauthorized purchases.

Eulie says no fraudulent activity has been detected yet.

If you're a customer at Metro Health Credit Union, and you used your debit or credit card during that time frame, it's still ok to use your card, but just in case, as a preventative measure, they're going to replace all of those cards within 10 days.

Washington, a Metro Health Credit Union customer, feels a littler safer knowing she'll be getting a new card, and that her current one is safe in the meantime. "That's good. Even if someone uses your card, you can get no matter what back. So you won't be out of a lot. You'll just be heartbroken and depressed for a little bit," she says.

Every bank WOWT 6 News has spoken to says if we're still uncomfortable after all of these provisions, you can still ask for a new credit and debit card.

SAC Credit Union is going so far as to invite customers to come in and get a new card on site.

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