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1.2 million NC Target shoppers affected by data breech

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Target says 1.2 million North Carolina shoppers may be victims of credit card fraud as a result of the company's security breach. Target says 1.2 million North Carolina shoppers may be victims of credit card fraud as a result of the company's security breach.
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Target says more than 1 million North Carolina shoppers may be victims of credit card fraud as a result of the company's security breach.

On Thursday, Target acknowledged that data connected to about 40 million credit and debit card accounts was stolen as part of a breach that began over the Thanksgiving weekend. The company says about 1.2 million North Carolina shoppers may be among those victims.

The breach possibly affects customers who swiped their cards at a store between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15.

The theft is the second-largest credit card breach in U.S. history, exceeded only by a scam that began in 2005 involving retailer TJX Cos. That incident affected at least 45.7 million card users.

Target disclosed the theft a day after reports that the company was investigating a breach.

State Attorney General Roy Cooper said the breach at Target is a call to be careful, and a reminder that consumers should constantly monitor information.

"Your information may be out there and you not even know it, maybe a data breach that a company doesn't even know about, or someone may have even gone into your trash can and stolen information to commit identity theft."

Coopers encourages consumers to check their credit report, monitor all charged on their credit and debit cards and sign up for a fraud alert with credit agencies.

Target is not releasing how the thieves gained access to the card' magnetic strips to potentially produce counterfeit versions.

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