Dan Hendrickson, communications coordinator for the Better Business Bureau, says further publicity of the huge data breach of shoppers at Target stores will cause even more dangers ahead.
Hendrickson says scammers are using this well publicized event as reason for sending out virus-filled email messages. He says the messages sympathize with the consumers' plight, "Saying, 'Hey you know, we understand you were effected by this target thing. Click on this link here or download this file and it will tell you what you need to do.'"
Meanwhile Hendrickson says the BBB is, "advising people to be very, very leery of any emails to do with this target situation." He says that is is more likely you would get a letter (snail) mailed to you from your bank or credit card provider explaining what occurred and what to do next.
The breach affects consumers who made credit or debit card purchases any time from November 27 to December 15. Target says it takes the privacy of shopper information very seriously and worked swiftly to resolve the incident.
Target also is telling those who think they might be affected to be vigilant about their credit and debit card accounts.
Hendrickson says those affected, "need to be watching their accounts and, again, if they see any suspicious charges or charges they didn't authorize, they should get in touch with their bank and credit card company immediately, because after 60 days, if they don't contest those charges, they may be liable for them."
In addition, Hendrickson says that with the ever-growing number of identity-theft crimes, staying aware of frauds and scams is something people should do year-round.