The Target "Grinch"

Does this breach make you think twice about paying with plastic?

(WFLX) - With less than a week until Christmas, a real-life Grinch has stolen the credit and debit card information of about 40 million Target shoppers.

Target says anyone who made purchases by swiping cards at terminals between November 27 and December 15 may have had their accounts exposed.

The stolen information included Target store brand cards and major card brands such as Visa and Mastercard. The company said the data breach did not affect online purchases.

In a statement, the company says, they have worked closely with law enforcement, and the problem is resolved.

Target is even working with a third-party forensics firm to do a thorough investigation.

Target managers say anyone who suspects unauthorized use of their cards can also call 866-852-8680.

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