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Hackers Steal Credit Card Information

WILMINGTON -- Shoppers are checking their credit card statements after a large-scale breach of information from the TJX Company.

The company runs several large national stores, including T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods. The information stolen was mostly credit and debit card information.

Odgen resident Jennifer MacKagan got a letter from her card company about the breach and immediately checked her statement for any bogus purchases.

"It made me nervous, I checked it all out, but my history was OK," she said.

TJX Company said they discovered the breach in mid-December, but didn't begin notifying customers until last week, at the request of law enforcement officers.

The card information was stolen from the database that contained customer information from stores like Marshalls and T.J. Maxx. Now, the banks that issued those cards, like the State Employees Credit Union, are giving out new cards, even if there aren't any fraudulent charges.

"It's a precautionary measure, but we have to do it," said branch manager Cindy Miller.

MacKagan said she breathed a sigh of relief when she discovered her card was not used by the computer hackers.

She's still waiting for the replacement card, and continues to worry about how easily digital information can be compromised.

"It's scary. I think about it every time I make a purchase online, and now somebody could have the same thing, your information," she said.

TJX Company said they're working with authorities to determine the extent of the breach.

And banks like the State Employees Credit Union say they are trying to stay one step ahead of the thieves.

 "We try to keep pace with the technology, but crooks and scammers are always coming up with new stuff," Miller said.

Reported by Joe Keiley

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