Possible Data Breach Victims Share Stories of Identity Theft - WBAY

Possible Data Breach Victims Share Stories of Identity Theft

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On December 2, Mary Stein of De Pere used her credit card to make purchases at Target.

Two days later, the De Pere woman got a call from a shop she's never purchased anything from --Footlocker.

Stein says the representative "asked if I had made a purchase online the evening before for $651.52. I said no, I did not."

Rob Rosenthal of Appleton also received a call telling him someone made unauthorized purchases using his bank card.

"I was kinda in shock at first. And then we went through the security questions with my bank and I realized I had been hacked. So we quickly logged into my account and saw that my bank account was down to zero."

Two online purchases of high-end clothes out of Saudi Arabia wiped out $1,500 from his account.

The bank locked up the card and instead of leaving him cash-strapped for the weekend, it replenished the amount in his checking account -- which Rosenthal said he needed to buy groceries, gas and the rest of his Christmas gifts.

Though they may never know for certain how thieves got their information, one thing both victims have in common is they used credit cards in recent weeks at Target.

The big box store, where millions of people shop everyday, tells its customers it regrets any inconvenience this credit card data breach has caused. Target, too, is a victim. 

In a release on its web site, Target says it "alerted authorities and financial institutions immediately after it was made aware of the unauthorized access, and is putting all appropriate resources behind these efforts."

It adds "We take this matter very seriously and are working with law enforcement to bring those responsible to justice."

Stein and Rosenthal are thankful banks and businesses have their backs and are tracking fraudulent activity.

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