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Fraud Awareness Amid Target Security Breach

A credit card attack against 40 million Target customers could be giving scammers something more to work with.

Newschannel 6 talked with the Better Business Bureau about ways customers can prevent themselves from con artists who may use the Target security breach as an opportunity to scam even more people.

“We’re preparing ourselves to see fraudulent emails, fraudulent phone calls and scammers phishing for your personal information,” said Monica Horton, President of the Better Business Bureau of North Central Texas. “They may pose to be calling you from Target or emailing you from your bank."

Horton said during this time people need to be extra cautious when opening emails and giving out personal information because scammers are paying close attention to the media and how Target may be handling the situation.

"They will reference the data breach and the situation to try and scare you and trick you into providing personal information," said Horton. 

The BBB said cybercriminals may attempt to contact you via email, telephone or even by mail.

Newschannel 6 talked to a Texoman who said he has come across emails in which individuals were trying to get him to provide his credit information. 
“I get emails from African Princes [saying] we need you to give us money. Send us the money, and we will send you a bunch of that money,” said Jason Hester.

While emails like this may sound funny, these are legitimate scams people use every single day. 

Shana Grove, a victim to identity theft said it’s a serious matter. “It just makes me mad. It just made me mad that I was violated,” said Shana.  

Grove said since that happened to her she and her family is extra vigilant when making purchases.  

“I get online everyday and I check my bank accounts probably two, three times a day,” said Shana.

Jovan Gallmore, a local resident, said he tries not to use his debit or credit cards at all cost. 

“A lot of the times I prefer to use cash, just for that reason.” said Javon. “It’s a better way to protect my identity.”

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6 
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