Target trip costs one shopper $1,600, thanks to data breach - FOX 13 News

Target trip costs one shopper $1,600, thanks to data breach

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Alex Torres picked up a discounted flat screen from Target on Black Friday. A few weeks later, he'd learn that purchase may have cost him a lot more than he expected.

"I thought nothing of it, except for on Wednesday I was at a convenience store and they declined my card," he said.

Someone racked up $1,600 from his debit card. Alex is one of the 40 million Target customers who had their data breached by hackers. He was also charged hundreds in overdraft fees.

"There were 12 charges made at a Walmart at Davie, Florida," he said. "It is scary to think that technology is to that level now."

Fortunately for Alex, he was able to work with his bank to get his money back. Others are still dealing with the headache of that massive data breach.

It has a lot of shoppers keeping their minds on their money. This Saturday is like Black Friday, in that it is one of the busiest shopping times of the year.

Security expert Steve Hasselbach says that's not a bad idea, he also brought up this trick.

"Purchase prepaid cards, then take those out and use those prepaid cards to buy items you need," Hasselbach said.

Back at Target, the company says it has fixed the problem, though many believe the hackers will simply move on to the next store.

"To think that people can just spend other people's money and be okay about it, it's just disgusting," Torres said.

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