Target Credit Card Breach Affects Topeka Shoppers

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)- A security breach at Target that affected millions of consumers has made a impact on Topeka shoppers.

In an effort to keep shoppers coming through the doors, Target is offering a 10 percent discount to all customers and free credit monitoring services.

Nearly 40 million customers shopping at Target between Thanksgiving and December 15th were targeted by criminals hacking their credit and debit card information.

Debra Lane shopped at the Topeka Target during that time. She told 13 News her bank called to tell her she would get a new bank card and her old card number cancelled.

"It could be a very bad thing cause a lot of people use the credit or debit card and it could be a very bad thing," says Debra.

Other shoppers say they are worried about using their credit or debit cards.

"I actually used cash today specifically because I heard about this and didn't want to risk using my card," says Alan Sharp.

The Shawnee County Sheriff's Office has an alert for everyone to avoid becoming a victim of credit card theft.

"Be aware of your account status. Check it everyday. It's too easy to log on the internet and check into your account and look at any charges that don't appear to be legitimate. And contact your financial institutions," says Mike Kolbeck, Division Commander of Criminal Investigations in Topeka.

CBS News reported Target suffered a 4 percent drop in sales over the weekend and Target says there will be " a thorough investigation of the incident."

In many countries outside the U.S., people carry cards that use digital chips to hold account information and the chip generates a unique code every time it's used, making it more difficult for criminals to steal information.