Eau Claire (WQOW) - With Target being a major retailer in our area, many in the community are worrying about their credit card safety.
Jon Hehli, RCU's Chief Financial Officer, says not to panic. They are expecting a full list of the compromised customers in the area by tomorrow. RCU will be sending notifications to them through the mail and customers can expect them by early next week.
If you are still worried there are things you can do to protect yourself in the future. Change your pin number on a regular basis, and don't ever write it on the card. Another tip from RCU: use your pin number during transactions at the store. It is safer.
Also, signing the back of your card does help, but not as much as you would think.
"Signing the back of your card is good but it's then supported when the merchant requires an ID. You can go there and say I want to show you my ID but the fraudsters not going to do that. So that doesn't protect you at all," Hehli says.
Hehli says if merchants, like Target, required a photo ID with a card transaction, they would be much safer.
RCU says the best way to stay safe is to keep an eye on your accounts and don't just look for large items, hackers fly under the radar by making small purchases.
Also, when it comes to checking your account, be persistent. It may be months or even a year before thieves use your stolen card information.