Big Breach at Target Stores
It appears that the point-of-sale machines at most (maybe even all) Target stores were hacked. This went undetected by Target from the day before Thanksgiving until December 15. The Secret Service is currently working on the case.
What does this mean to you? If you used a Community First debit or credit card at a Target store during this time period, and signed for merchandise at a point-of-sale reader, your card MAY be compromised.
If, instead, you used your personal identification number (PIN), it is very unlikely your card has been compromised in this breach –– we haven't been able to find any fraudulent activity yet. Additionally, if you shopped at Target's online store you are probably unscathed (only at-store purchases via signature were targeted).
Nonetheless, whether signature or PIN, kindly notify us immediately if you notice suspicious activity (call the number on the back of your card).
Community First has made this breach at Target a priority. We are actively looking at recent transactions made by Members at Target stores. Any affected Members will be communicated with via e-mail. If you don't have your e-address registered with us, then we will issue a letter. (BTW –– text alerts are a great feature for you to have in cases like this. Sign up today.)
Lastly, remember that your Community First debit and credit cards provide zero liability to you in cases of fraudulent activity.
What's the Word from Target?
Target has provided FAQs for their customers