Scammers could be trying to cash in on the chaos caused by a major security breach at Target retail stores.
Forty million credit and debit card accounts may have been affected by a major data breach, officials said.
Possible victims include anyone who used a credit or debit card between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15, authorities said.
“We take this matter very seriously and are working with law enforcement to bring those responsible to justice,” said Gregg Steinhafel, chairman, president and CEO of Target.
Target also says the issue has been identified and resolved, but local experts say the danger is not over yet.
Con artists could also try to target victims through phone and e-mail, says Bryan Mull, a Reading-based internet marketing consultant.
"Posing as an agent from the company, saying: 'I'm from Target. I want to make sure we resolve this issue. Could I have your social security number, your phone number, your address?' All the while it's just another hacker trying to piggyback on the other hackers' attempt to get the info."
The hackers could also use the stolen information to open credit cards under the victims' names.
Experts say stopping the hackers is getting more difficult every year.
"They're getting smarter. They're constantly evolving their ways of trying to outsmart the bank," Mull said.
Victims should consider:
• Canceling credit cards;
• Changing pin numbers;
• Review credit reports; and
• Monitor all transactions.