CHICAGO,IL – December 19, 2013 – The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago andNorthern Illinois (BBB) warns that the recent data breach that has impactedTarget Corporation is another example of how easily your personal or financialinformation can be compromised.
TargetCorporation is the most recent retailer to be hit by a massive data breachcomparable to other large scale breaches at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls. The typeof data stolen would allow thieves to create counterfeit credit cards to stealyour identity; if pin numbers wereintercepted, it could allow thieves to withdraw cash from ATM machines.
“Withaccess to information such as pin numbers, it is very important for consumersto develop good habits for protecting this type of information as well aspasswords used to access credit card accounts” said Steve J. Bernas, presidentand CEO of the BBB. Additionally, he says “as consumers we must always bevigilant in protecting ourselves against becoming a victim of identity theft”.
Shouldyou find that you have become a victim of a data breach the BBB recommendsthere are five things you need to do:
Bernasadds, “Identity theft is still the fastest growing white collar crime. The BBBis here for consumers not only when they need help finding a trustworthybusiness, and also to help protect their identity”.
Goto www.bbb.org for free information.
As a private, non-profit organization, the purposeof the Better Business Bureau is to promote an ethical marketplace. BBBs helpresolve buyer/seller complaints by means of conciliation, mediation andarbitration. BBBs also review advertising claims, online business practices andcharitable organizations. BBBs develop and issue reviews on businesses andnonprofit organizations and encourage people to check out a company or charitybefore making a purchase or donation.