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Target: data breach caught up to 110m customers

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PASCO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) - Target said Friday that personal information - including phone numbers and email and mailing addresses - was stolen from as many as 110 million customers in its pre-Christmas data breach.

That was substantially more customers than Target had previously said were affected.

Melanie Snow, a spokesperson for the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, had her debit card information stolen after shopping from Christmas presents.  She says her bank waited a week after she told them her card was hacked.  Meanwhile, charges started piling up that were not hers.

"What's most frustrating about it is having to go through the paperwork and filling it out and faxing the paperwork back to my bank and disputing and in the meantime, the money is now, it's gone," said Snow.

At the Target store in Clearwater, shoppers put away their credit cards, fearful they too, would be hacked. 

"Running into you tonight, I'm definitely going to use cash in in there," said Ken Needle.

Target Corp. announced in December that about 40 million credit and debit cards may have been affected by a data breach that happened between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 - just as the holiday shopping season was getting into gear. But the net has now been cast wider, with more shoppers potentially impacted.

The company told customers Friday that its investigation of the breach has shown that personal information had also been stolen and more customers were affected.

"I know that it is frustrating for our guests to learn that this information was taken and we are truly sorry they are having to endure this," Chairman, President and CEO Gregg Steinhafel said in a statement.

The company said customers won't be liable for the cost of any fraudulent charges that stemmed from the breach.

It's also offering a year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to customers that shopped at its stores. Individuals will have three months to enroll in the program, which Target said it will provide more details next week.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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