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PSA: Possible new Target gift card breach - check your balance!

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I bought a $200 gift card from the Target store on the evening of 5/2. On the morning of 5/3 it was used in full by someone at a Target store in another state, for two $100 transactions.

I did not scratch off the grey area to reveal the gift card# until 5/7, which is when I found out that it had zero balance and called to file a claim with Target immediately, but the supervisor was not helpful because Target gift cards are treated like cash and they are not responsible for any loss or stolen cards.

The only explanation I can come up with is that the gift card# and access code was breached before the card was purchased, and the hacker was waiting for funds to be loaded on the card, and drained the card at the first chance.

The type of gift card I bought is one that comes with a free bear-shape greeting card, with the word "baby" printed on the front of the gift card.

I have bought other gift cards recently from Target and had no problems. There seems to be a specific range of gift card information stolen from Target's system.

If you have to buy a gift card from Target, don't buy the ones that come with a free bear-shaped greeting card! Also check your balance often the days after you bought them, because if your card information was hacked, the hackers would try to spend them as soon as possible!

I have seen other reports in FW and other sites in recent months, so I'm not the only one losing money because of this possible breach.

My advice: do not to load a large balance on a single gift card, to minimize your loss if the same thing happens to you. Also when you check the balance on the Target website, don't use any VPN/proxies, to make sure your card info is not getting sniffed.
Created 05-09-2017 at 11:33 AM by hunnii
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This is important information to know, so thank you OP.
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What do you mean "don't use any VPN?" Wouldn't VPN help?
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What do you mean "don't use any VPN?" Wouldn't VPN help?
I suppose the VPN provider can sniff traffic, can't they? There are some free and untrustworthy providers out there.
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I bought a $200 gift card from the Target store on the evening of 5/2. On the morning of 5/3 it was used in full by someone at a Target store in another state, for two $100 transactions.
Did you buy it with cash or credit?


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I did not scratch off the grey area to reveal the gift card# until 5/7, which is when I found out that it had zero balance and called to file a claim with Target immediately, but the supervisor was not helpful because Target gift cards are treated like cash and they are not responsible for any loss or stolen cards.
You talked to an idiot.

If you paid with a credit card, do a chargeback immediately.

Then, call Target "customer service" back, and tell them you are a victim of gift card fraud. Don't take no for an answer. If they still can't/won't help you, call Target Corporation headquarters in Minneapolis: (612) 304-6073. Ask for the executive office, and tell them so-called "customer service" is unable / unwilling to help you, and there has been a data breach.

You can also open a BBB case, to get the attention of someone who has brains at Target Corporation:

https://www.bbb.org/minnesota/bus...is-mn-1137
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Why?! This is important!
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If you have to buy a gift card from Target, don't buy the ones that come with a free bear-shaped greeting card!

Yep...because I bet the bear was involved. Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)
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I understand this post is old, but please watch your gift card balances. I just had a Target gift card hacked in a similar way. This has now legitimately happened to me. In mid-November, I bought a $300 Target card at my local store. The silver scratch-off was intact upon purchase. I always check that. So, the Card and Access numbers were covered up. I am the only person who had access to this card. I went to use it yesterday, and the clerk reported that the balance was zero. Upon further investigation, I have found that the card was used in cities about 30-45 minutes from me. I definitely did not use the card. I bought the card by rolling other Target gift cards, so I can't just call my credit card company for a charge back. Target is telling me it's my loss because these are treated as cash. I can call Target corporate and file a report with BBB. But, is this a fools' errand. Has anyone had this happen to them and gained a positive outcome from Target? I would like to find a large class of other people who have had this happen to them since we'll probably have more success in numbers. I have my original store receipt and physical gift card that I purchased. You would think that Target would want to crack down on abuse like this and go after the fraudsters. It would be great if they had video records of the criminals who used my gift card numbers in the store purchase. If this has happened to you, then please chime in here so that we can see if this is a widespread problem or not.
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I understand this post is old, but please watch your gift card balances. I just had a Target gift card hacked in a similar way. This has now legitimately happened to me. In mid-November, I bought a $300 Target card at my local store. The silver scratch-off was intact upon purchase. I always check that. So, the Card and Access numbers were covered up. I am the only person who had access to this card. I went to use it yesterday, and the clerk reported that the balance was zero. Upon further investigation, I have found that the card was used in cities about 30-45 minutes from me. I definitely did not use the card. I bought the card by rolling other Target gift cards, so I can't just call my credit card company for a charge back. Target is telling me it's my loss because these are treated as cash. I can call Target corporate and file a report with BBB. But, is this a fools' errand. Has anyone had this happen to them and gained a positive outcome from Target? I would like to find a large class of other people who have had this happen to them since we'll probably have more success in numbers. I have my original store receipt and physical gift card that I purchased. You would think that Target would want to crack down on abuse like this and go after the fraudsters. It would be great if they had video records of the criminals who used my gift card numbers in the store purchase. If this has happened to you, then please chime in here so that we can see if this is a widespread problem or not.
I just had same problem and received same answer. I also found out the card was used not to far from my home town.. what area are you in? I am in Ca. I just wonder if this is a isolated area or more wide spread..
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I just had same problem and received same answer. I also found out the card was used not to far from my home town.. what area are you in? I am in Ca. I just wonder if this is a isolated area or more wide spread..
I had the same problem. I'm in OC California and got the black friday deal for free gift card. Now I've tried using it, it's empty!!
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Same thing just happened to me! I purchased a $300 gift card at the downtown LA fig @ 7th target location. Did anyone get a positive result? If not, I'll have to dispute it with my credit card company.
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I just had same problem and received same answer. I also found out the card was used not to far from my home town.. what area are you in? I am in Ca. I just wonder if this is a isolated area or more wide spread..
Me too, I bought 3 100.00 Target gift cards. All were used November 18th at Target LA, I live about 2500 miles from there. There goes another breach from Target
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Oh yep, that was probably me buddy. Thanks for the 55" TV and the XBOX...if it's any consolation I had a REALLY difficult time trying to load the big ass TV into my Hyundai, think my car is only about 52 inches wide.
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Oh by the way, I guess y'all didn't know but...DON'T EVER BUY GIFT CARDS. Gift cards are for tools, no offense if you are a tool, tools have purposes, but they get used a lot. Just spreading a little truth around, don't slip & fall in it.
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