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Effects of Target data breach linger for company, local customers

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The headache is not over for Target or its customers, whose credit card information was stolen in a recent data breach.

Target is trying to make up for the mess by offering discounts during this very important shopping week.

"It's nobody's fault, really; it's just frustrating," said Casey Hill, a victim of the hack. "I know it's frustrating for Target also."

She said when she first heard of what happened, she just knew.

"Sure enough, I had used my debit card at Target," she said.

She quickly canceled her card and got an email from her bank confirming what happened.

"It just stated that if I didn't contact them before the third, they were going to cancel my card and reissue a new one," she said.

For Hill, the ordeal is more than a nightmare.

"I had been a victim before of identity theft," she said.

Someone racked up thousands of dollars on her credit card eight years ago, and since then, she's been very alert about her finances.

"I was in-lobby transactions at the bank only just because I wanted them to look at my face," she said.

And just three weeks ago, she canceled that in-lobby transaction

"I thought, ‘Nothing's happened in eight years, so I'm good,'" she said.  

But then the Target breach happened, and she's nervous to use plastic to pay anywhere.

Hill, however, isn't angry at Target, even after everything she's already gone through.

"I'm kind of grateful that Target was brave enough to come forward with it before the end of the shopping season," she said.

Hill is lucky -- her card was compromised, but there were no charges made and she canceled that account right away.

For now, she's using cash everywhere.

Some customers are starting to sue Target following the breach, and banks could be lining up, too.

The customer lawsuits accuse Target of negligence in failing to protect customer data.

The Justice Department joined the investigation into the theft of card numbers used in Target stores.

Banks could be headed to court next, trying to recoup any losses for fraudulent purchases or the cost of paying workers working extra hours to sort out the mess.

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