HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- 40 million people may be impacted after a security breach at Target stores across the country.
The chain was the victim of an extensive theft of customers' credit and debit card data, which began Black Friday weekend and lasted until this past Sunday.
Now the Secret Service is investigating how this happened.
Reportedly only data from in-store purchases was stolen, not those made online.
Experts said this may have involved some kind of tampering with the swipe machines customers use.
Target said it is trying to figure out a solution very quickly, but there are fears the damage may already be done.
Target has stores in both Harrisonburg and Waynesboro and local police said this type of crime may be easier than you think.
There have been no reported stolen identity cases reported yet, according to managers at the target in Harrisonburg.
The Waynesboro Target has yet to respond to our request for a comment.
While this security breach happened at Target, the truth of the matter is this sort of thing could truly happen anywhere.
Officer Lisa Klein with the Staunton Police Department, said this most recent breach is a good reminder to maintain unique passwords for your accounts and to get free credit checks periodically.
She said despite some people being hesitant to use online banking, much of our information is already out there and the best way to avoid being a victim is to stay on top of it all.
"I really don't know too many people at this point who have not had some sort of security breach of a credit card or a debit card. But the ones who aren't damaged too badly are the ones who are right on top of it, keeping track of it, following up with it," said Klein.
If you believe you may have been a victim, the best thing to do is to check your account.
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