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Target shoppers hit by major credit card theft

Minneapolis - Target said it was hit with a sophisticated credit card sting that took place just as the holiday shopping season was getting underway.
The retailer said about 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been exposed when customers swiped their cards in its U.S. stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15. The theft was not online. All forms of credit cards were said to be impacted.
The stolen information includes customer names, credit and debit card numbers, card expiration dates and three-digit security codes on the backs of cards.
Target immediately reported the crime and is working with a forensics firm to investigate. It recommends customers check statements carefully and report suspicious charges.
It's not clear who is responsible for the data theft or how it was accomplished, but Target said it has resolved the situation and credit card shoppers can make their purchases in stores.

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