Dec 20, 2013 1:12 PM by Janine Reyes
CORPUS CHRISTI -- Some local Target shoppers have received emails indicating that they may be one of the 40 million potential customers impacted by the hack attack.
Turns out, if you are a victim of that scam, you could be hit twice if you're not careful.
Local Target shopper Crystal Munoz hadn't heard of the scam yesterday when she went shopping at the retailer. When we told her about it, she said she'd be checking her statements twice.
Once consumers learned that their credit card numbers could be in the hands of hackers, many are scrambling to find out more.
Target's website and call centers are flooded with shoppers looking for answers, so reaching them has been a nightmare for some.
But, representatives at the Better Business Bureau in Corpus Christi have another warning for potential victims, because this is a prime time for scammers to hit you twice.
"A lot of times they'll send out phishing emails and they'll claim, 'hey you were shopping at Target your credit card might be compromised, now reply to this email with your credit card number and Target account number,'" said Tracy Bracy with the Better Business Bureau.
If anyone asks for your account number, that's a red flag. In fact, potential scams like this are already circulating. But, because Target's hack attack is so widespread, it's the second largest credit card breach in U.S. history, there's now a wider net of potential victims for thieves to scam.
"This is kind of an opportunity for scammers, when something so large happens, scams usually follow the news," Bracy explained.
Your best defense is to never give out your credit card information, if you think you've been a victim of the Target theft, cancel your card before thieves can use it and always check your accounts often.
"We check it daily. David checks it then I check it too, so we just make sure the money goes where its supposed to go and the bills get paid like they're supposed to get paid," said Amy Rodriguez.
Also, check with your bank directly if you see unauthorized charges and you think you're impacted by the Target breach.
Target is working with the banks to let them know which cards were comprised.
Target's CEO Gregg Steinhafel apologized through a statement issued on Friday. The retailer also said it's working hard to resolve the problem and is adding more workers to field calls and help solve website issues. And the discounter began offering 10 percent off for customers who shop in its stores on Saturday and Sunday and free credit-monitoring services to those who've been affected by the issue.