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Shopper Habits After Target Data Breach

December 20, 2013, 6:04 PM by Brady Mallory

Shopper Habits After Target Data Breach

'Tis the season when shoppers hurry to deck the malls.

"This is the last minute ditch to try to get it done," Stephanie Bultje said, while picking up gifts at the Empire Mall for her sons.

"I have an infant in the house, so I've been working on this for a month, so a little bit at a time," Tracy Sorenson said.

In addition to bags in hands, shoppers, Sorenson, are keeping the recent Target data breach on their minds.  Some customers are re-thinking pulling out their credit or debit cards.

"It made me a little scared, because I did some Target shopping during that time frame.  It makes me a little more apprehensive about using credit cards during holiday shopping," Sorenson said.

While Sorenson is reaching for the paper more this year, Bultje said she usually pays with cash anyway.

"It's taken care of.  You don't have to worry about it in the long run. You don't have to worry about paying anything off.  You've got it take care of, and it's paid off," Bultje said.

No credit card concerns for Gary Punt. It is business as usual.

"We used to carry cash. I mean, I'm 50 years old and we used to carry cash all the time. We just don't carry cash anymore. We pretty much use plastic or checkbook," Punt said.

Meanwhile, angry Target customers are having trouble getting a hold of the big box retailer in the wake of the latest credit card fraud scam. Target officials are apologizing and adding more workers to help deal with call volume and website issues.  There are reports tonight, investigators are looking overseas for the hackers and do not think it was an inside job.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press Newspaper reports customers' credit card security codes, printed on the back of credit and debt cards, were not compromised. The company adds there is no indication that debit card PIN numbers were not taken either.

Shoppers say the biggest effect of the whole Target ordeal is the reminder to be proactive, and check your accounts.

"Making sure that the purchases on there are the purchases that I've just been making, so I do double check on that, so I do double check my account several times a week," Bultje said.

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