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Target Debit/Credit Card Breach

Recently the major retailer Target INC. had their computer system hacked or breached by non authorized individuals. These individuals were attempting and were successful at obtaining card numbers, security codes and Personal Identification Numbers (PINs). Here is what we know:

  • The discount retailer acknowledged late last week that the hack began on Black Friday and stretched more than two weeks to December 15.
  • The hack was limited to customers shopping in U.S. Target (TGT, Fortune 500) stores with credit and debit cards. Online purchases were not involved.
  • The hackers stole customer names, credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, card security codes and PIN codes, Target said. Other customer information like Social Security numbers and employee records were not compromised, according to Target.
  • Target also notified credit and debit card issuers, many of which said they were monitoring customer accounts for fraudulent activity

The First State Bank has received the list of card numbers that have possibly been compromised. We will reissue new cards at no charge to our customers who are on the list. The First State Bank has been utilizing the EnFact card monitoring service since 2010 and will continue to do so. This service will block any suspected fraudulent card transaction until they are able to contact you.

What you SHOULD do….monitor your account carefully and if you feel you have a transaction that may be fraudulent notify the bookkeeping department at 979-648-2691. We have identified the account holders whose cards have been compromised. If your card is on the list you will be receiving an email or letter from us notifying you within the next few days.

How to contact Target: Customers concerned about the breach can call Target, and customer service teams will be available. Additional information will be available at, by phone at 1-800-440-0680.