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Harrisburg woman one victim of Target security breach, over-charged nearly $5K

Updated: Monday, December 23 2013, 10:14 PM CST

Reported by: Chris Papst

HARRISBURG -- The theft of tens of millions of credit and debit cards from Target, has claimed victims right here in central Pennsylvania.    

This is a terrifying situation for Americans who shop at Target.  Millions of credit and debit card numbers were stolen from the company’s databases.  And now one Harrisburg woman has been overcharged nearly $5,000. 

“I was shocked!  That’s a lot of money,” said Emily Lay.  “That’s a really big number to see on my credit card statement.”

Early Monday evening, when Lay sat down to check her credit card statement online, she got quite the surprise.  

“I saw a charge for $4,700-some dollars,” she said.

Lay is a frequent shopper at Target on Jonestown Road in Lower Paxton Township, so, she knew exactly what happened.  Immediately she called her bank, which cancelled her card and refunded her money. 

“They said they would take care of it, so I wasn’t like ‘What am I going to do?’  But there was definitely a little bit of sticker shock,” she added. 

Late last week, Target announced that data connected to about 40 million credit and debit card accounts was stolen.  It has been reported the information was sold on the black market.  The buyers of the cards then made purchases.

Lay’s credit card statement says her $4,700 went to a rehab facility in Philadelphia. 

“The fraudulent charge was made on Dec. 20.  I didn’t get on to check my account until now – a couple days later.  I’ve been using my card.  I didn’t get it shut down. They could have made even more purchases on it in that amount of time,” she said.

The Target data theft is the second-largest credit card breach in U.S. history.  If you are a Target shopper, you are strongly advised to check your accounts.  Federal authorities are investigating the breach. 

Harrisburg woman one victim of Target security breach, over-charged nearly $5K

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