CAPE CORAL, Fla. - It's been three weeks since Target announced a group of sophisticated cyber-thieves hacked into their system, stealing information from 40 million customers' credit and debit cards. But, as one southwest Florida woman just learned, the threat is not over. Just this week, she discovered her account was cleaned out.
A Christmas gift for her son led Carla Rodriguez to the Target on Pine Island Road in Cape Coral. "I was buying a game for my son, a video game," Rodriguez said. "I went in there for the one thing, the game, because they had it on sale."
But, with one swipe, she became the target in a real-life game, one that would cost her a lot. She had no clue until her bank called over the weekend. "I went immediately to my computer and sure enough, they were taking money out of my account," Rodriguez said. "You just saw $20 here, $60 here, they took out $700, $1,000. I just thought, could not happen to me, not in a million years, and it happened."
Carla's bank told her she was a victim of the Target breach which happened between November 27th and December 15th.
Weeks ago, WINK News spoke to local identity theft expert Carrie Kerskie who warned the worst may be yet to come. And, this month, it came for Rodriguez. "I was dying inside," she said. "There was nothing I could do about it. Nothing but watch it get taken out of my account."
Luckily, her bank came to the rescue. As of Wednesday, Carla says, the money is back in her account. "I just wanted to let everyone know that it can happen to you," Rodriguez said. "Just keep an eye on your statements and online banking. Check it everyday."
Target maintains that customers' debit card pin numbers and credit card security digits were not compromised in the breach.