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Tuscaloosa family says they were affected by Target data breach

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Abrams says their account was nearly drained after shopping here on Black Friday. Source: WBRC video Abrams says their account was nearly drained after shopping here on Black Friday. Source: WBRC video
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

A Tuscaloosa family tells FOX6 News they are victims of Target's massive data breach.

Shelly Abrams says a couple of weeks after her husband went Black Friday shopping at Tuscaloosa's Target store, she noticed an unusual transaction in their bank account.

"We were going to do some more Christmas shopping and he went to get some money out and realized that a huge sum of money, almost the entire account had been drained," Abrams said.

Abrams says hackers spent hundreds of dollars at Walmart.com.

"They ordered it online and it was to be delivered to an address but no one would give us that address," Abrams said.

Fortunately, the Abrams caught the hack far enough in advance and were able to get their money back.

"It's very sad because in the middle of this holiday season, all of these people had their accounts cleaned out," Abrams said. "I mean they have families to take care of."

The Abrams' story is just one of many stories being reported in the wake of Target's massive data breach. Target says that as many as 70 million people have now been affected. The Secret Service adds that hackers stole customers' debit and credit card information in the weeks following Black Friday.

Steve Swofford with Alabama Credit Union says the credit union has replaced hundreds of its customers' debit cards because those customers feared they may fall victim next.

Swofford tells FOX6 News the most important thing consumers can do is check their bank accounts often and immediately report any unusual activity.

"Monitor your account and make sure you know what's going on," Swofford said. "Make sure these transactions hitting your account are transactions you initiated."

Swofford says so far his bank hasn't seen much fraud associated with the data breach. He highly recommends that consumers also consider getting credit monitoring to help safeguard their accounts.

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