Target Customers Seeing Red Over Store's Credit Card Response

Credit card information for 40 million customers was stolen at height of holiday shopping season.

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Target is facing a big backlash from angry customers on its Facebook page. Potential victims of credit card theft after a security breach complained they had trouble contacting Target through its website and call centers. "Why don't you just cancel everyone's card and then spend your man power reissuing them to everyone since none of us can get through using the number or website," said one angry message at Target's Facebook site.

The retailer sent emails to customers acknowledging 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 theft is the second-largest credit card breach in U.S. history, exceeded only by a scam that began in 2005 involving retailer TJX.

Target apologized to shoppers in its email, and urged them to "remain vigilant for incidents of fraud and identity theft by regularly reviewing your account statements and monitoring free credit reports." Customers were urged to report any "suspicious or unusual activity" in their accounts to their banks and credit card companies.

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The data breach is a blow to Target at the height of the holiday shopping season. The company could face a series of investigations and potential legal problems. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley both issued statements saying they're asking Target for more information about the breach and whether proper safeguards were in place.

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Richard Davies Business Correspondent ABC News Radio Twitter: daviesnow

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